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Violent films may face prison ban
Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart is serving a life sentence for killing Zahid
A judge investigating the killing of prisoner Zahid Mubarek will examine whether inmates should be banned from watching violent movies.

Mr Mubarek, 19, of Walthamstow, east London, was beaten to death by racist cellmate Robert Stewart at Feltham young offenders institution in 2000.

The killer has rejected claims he had been influenced by watching the violent movie Romper Stomper.

Stewart, now 24, and Mr Mubarek had seen the film days before the attack.

Mr Mubarek was serving three months for theft and was murdered just hours before he was due to be released.

Mr Justice Keith and his panel members from the Zahid Mubarek Inquiry are due to re-visit Feltham in west London this week, as the second phase of the long-running inquiry begins.

The panel will assess how procedures and conditions have changed at the institution since the murder.

Stewart, now serving life for the murder, said in written evidence to the inquiry last December that he never intended to kill his cell-mate and that the attack was an attempt to get himself "shipped out" of Feltham.

The chairman is due to hand his report to the Home Secretary by the end of the year.


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