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Killer's lost clippers net him £800

This Is Local London: Killer Kevan Thakrar has been awarded 800 for lost and broken property including nose clippers (Hertfordshire Police/PA) Killer Kevan Thakrar has been awarded 800 for lost and broken property including nose clippers (Hertfordshire Police/PA)

A triple killer has won £800 in compensation after some of his belongings, including nose hair clippers, cranberry juice and an alarm clock, were lost or broken in prison.

Kevan Thakrar, 26, was awarded £500 because prison officers lost "priceless" photographs and personal items - which a judge said was made worse because they did not apologise to him.

Thakrar, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is serving three life sentences with a minimum of 35 years behind bars after he and his brother Miran were jailed in 2007 for the gangland-style execution of three drug dealers and two other attempted murders.

In March 2010 he maimed three guards at Frankland Prison in County Durham after stabbing them with a broken battle, but was cleared of two counts of attempted murder and three of wounding with intent, a decision which prompted widespread fury.

Following the attack Thakrar was moved from Frankland to Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes and it was during this move that some of his possessions were misplaced.

According to the court judgment, detailed on Thakrar's Facebook page, he was awarded £224.97 for damage to his stereo, alarm clock and nasal clippers.

He was also awarded £90 after items including a carton of cranberry juice, protein powder and toiletries were lost, which he claimed left him "stressed".

District Judge Neil Hickman said there had been a "somewhat cavalier disregard for Mr Thakrar's rights and for his property", and awarded him a further £500 to compensate him for lost photographs and personal items, making £814.97 in total.

The judge added: "Had the defendants said promptly and sincerely to Mr Thakrar that they deeply regretted the loss of his personal items and understood his distress, the loss of them would not have been aggravated in the way that it has been.

"So far from doing that, the ministry has steadfastly failed even to tender the grudging and belated apology which was recommended by the ombudsman."

The prison ombudsman had originally offered Thakrar £10 in compensation, but the killer took the case to court last year, and District Judge Hickman ruled that he deserved a further payout.

The judge said there had been an "outrageous delay" of 13 months in paying the proposed £10, which he said had "all the appearance of a calculated gesture on the part of the ministry".

Following the payout Thakrar boasted about it on his Facebook page, saying that he had hoped to send bailiffs to the Ministry of Justice to ensure they paid his compensation.

A prison guard who Thakrar attacked condemned the claim as laughable.

Craig Wylde, who was left with a severed artery and damaged nerves, told the Daily Mail: "It is another case of the prisoner getting everything and the real victims getting nothing.

"He is always trying it on. This is the sort of person he is. He has to complain about everything and thinks he's a big man because he's challenging the system. This latest claim will have cost thousands and thousands of taxpayers' money. It is just totally pathetic."

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "We robustly defend all cases as far as the evidence allows."

Thakrar was first jailed after he and his brother killed Keith Cowell, 52, his son Matthew, 17, and Tony Dulieu, 33, from Essex, at the Cowells' house in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.

The men had met at the house to do a cocaine deal, but Miran Thakrar, a small-time drug dealer, was angry that he had been sold poor quality cocaine previously by the Cowells and was out for revenge.

Miran Thakrar shot the family dog and then lined up Keith Cowell, Matthew Cowell and Mr Dulieu, and shot them dead as his brother Kevan looked on.

The brothers also shot and stabbed Ms Jennings and attacked Ms Evans with a knife as she tried to shield her three-year-old daughter.

Prison Officers Association chairman Peter McParlin said the "ridiculous, disproportionate" award defied common sense and would damage staff morale.

"This is a high-security prisoner. As a bare minimum he will be costing the taxpayer £50,000 a year to be kept incarcerated, he is the architect of his own situation and we are in despair," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

"It does nothing for the morale and motivation of staff."

Mr Wylde was still awaiting compensation, he said.

"Meanwhile, a court sees it quite fit to pay £800 for nail clippers (sic). We are in despair."

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7:03am Mon 28 Apr 14

Viva Trowvegas says...

I'm surprised the heartbleeders and handwringers don't release him early and give him the freedom of Stevenage as he's so hard done by.

They think they're clever letting nutters have access to Facebook so they can keep an eye on the likes of Kev and his cohorts. Sorry guys but you're not clever or good at what you do, so allowing these freaks access to social media is only going to foster and engender the hatred these backward thickos peddle. Thanks for your contribution to the continuing whipping-up of the tensions and frustrations in British society.
I'm surprised the heartbleeders and handwringers don't release him early and give him the freedom of Stevenage as he's so hard done by. They think they're clever letting nutters have access to Facebook so they can keep an eye on the likes of Kev and his cohorts. Sorry guys but you're not clever or good at what you do, so allowing these freaks access to social media is only going to foster and engender the hatred these backward thickos peddle. Thanks for your contribution to the continuing whipping-up of the tensions and frustrations in British society. Viva Trowvegas
  • Score: 18

7:18am Mon 28 Apr 14

polegate says...

So we give him three meals a day, all the heating he needs while thousands of honest people cannot keep up with modern day bills, he gets over £800 disgusting
So we give him three meals a day, all the heating he needs while thousands of honest people cannot keep up with modern day bills, he gets over £800 disgusting polegate
  • Score: 15

7:27am Mon 28 Apr 14

MaidofDorset says...

In 'prison' for triple murder in front of a 3 year old child, maimed 3 prison officers in a violent assault and he's allowed to boast on a Facebook page?

I had this crazy idea that they had letters read and were limited to phone calls for a few minutes, cut off from all their criminal mates.....
In 'prison' for triple murder in front of a 3 year old child, maimed 3 prison officers in a violent assault and he's allowed to boast on a Facebook page? I had this crazy idea that they had letters read and were limited to phone calls for a few minutes, cut off from all their criminal mates..... MaidofDorset
  • Score: 15

7:41am Mon 28 Apr 14

Viva Trowvegas says...

Yes, but Kev loves his mum...who's also his sister...
Yes, but Kev loves his mum...who's also his sister... Viva Trowvegas
  • Score: 5

8:02am Mon 28 Apr 14

djd says...

A triple killer in prison and he posts on his Facebook account !!!
What the heck is he doing with a Facebook account in prison ????
A triple killer in prison and he posts on his Facebook account !!! What the heck is he doing with a Facebook account in prison ???? djd
  • Score: 7

8:19am Mon 28 Apr 14

cosmick says...

Ithink its all to do with his HUMAN RIGHTS, What are you saying he should be in prison on BREAD AND WATER, No telly or radio or other gadgits we take for granted in everyday life.
Ithink its all to do with his HUMAN RIGHTS, What are you saying he should be in prison on BREAD AND WATER, No telly or radio or other gadgits we take for granted in everyday life. cosmick
  • Score: -9

9:00am Mon 28 Apr 14

johanuk says...

He gets stressed after losing a carton of cranberry juice and other items?????..........
what about the stress of the 3 prison officers he stabbed, and their families??..........
....it is time we re-introduced capital punishment for scum like this!
He gets stressed after losing a carton of cranberry juice and other items?????.......... what about the stress of the 3 prison officers he stabbed, and their families??.......... ....it is time we re-introduced capital punishment for scum like this! johanuk
  • Score: 17

9:10am Mon 28 Apr 14

mike0712 says...

Should be doing hard labour, not playing on Facebook. Also the fact he had protein powder suggest he's also got access to the gym!
I work for a living and can't afford gym membership!
It's sick! There is NOTHING to deter these people from crime anymore.
It's easier in the prison system than it is in society!!
This case just highlights how badly this society has failed
Should be doing hard labour, not playing on Facebook. Also the fact he had protein powder suggest he's also got access to the gym! I work for a living and can't afford gym membership! It's sick! There is NOTHING to deter these people from crime anymore. It's easier in the prison system than it is in society!! This case just highlights how badly this society has failed mike0712
  • Score: 9

10:38am Mon 28 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Filth like this desperately need a rope tie with a six foot drop....End of....
Filth like this desperately need a rope tie with a six foot drop....End of.... welshmen
  • Score: 15

11:25am Mon 28 Apr 14

Controversial But True says...

......now!! If he was a white prisoner........
......now!! If he was a white prisoner........ Controversial But True
  • Score: 8

11:49am Mon 28 Apr 14

Controversial But True says...

cosmick wrote:
Ithink its all to do with his HUMAN RIGHTS, What are you saying he should be in prison on BREAD AND WATER, No telly or radio or other gadgits we take for granted in everyday life.
To qualify for Human Rights, you must be human, so there's an admin error here somewhere!
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Ithink its all to do with his HUMAN RIGHTS, What are you saying he should be in prison on BREAD AND WATER, No telly or radio or other gadgits we take for granted in everyday life.[/p][/quote]To qualify for Human Rights, you must be human, so there's an admin error here somewhere! Controversial But True
  • Score: 9

2:13pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Prisoners should have to pay for their board and lodging and extra luxuries, just like students do. If the prisoners can't afford it then they should have to work for it like everyone else, plenty of jobs in prison to earn 'gym' credits. Any thats not earned during the time inside should be repaid on the same terms as a student loan.
Prisoners should have to pay for their board and lodging and extra luxuries, just like students do. If the prisoners can't afford it then they should have to work for it like everyone else, plenty of jobs in prison to earn 'gym' credits. Any thats not earned during the time inside should be repaid on the same terms as a student loan. Nebs
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MrBenggo says...

Bring back the rope for people like him,in this case it would have saved £800 and a lot more,
Bring back the rope for people like him,in this case it would have saved £800 and a lot more, MrBenggo
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Mon 28 Apr 14

4stands says...

What do you all expect ? - This is England 2014, smell the coffee and get used to it, there will be another one next week
What do you all expect ? - This is England 2014, smell the coffee and get used to it, there will be another one next week 4stands
  • Score: 1

3:49pm Mon 28 Apr 14

WitWiz says...

The law is wrong. He should not have been allowed to even start a claim.
Shame on you as well Judge Neil Hickman. You are not living in the real world.
The law is wrong. He should not have been allowed to even start a claim. Shame on you as well Judge Neil Hickman. You are not living in the real world. WitWiz
  • Score: 3
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