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Prison had 'criminal subculture'

Rye Hill Prison
Three men have been convicted over Reid's murder

There was a "criminal subculture" at a jail at the time a prisoner was killed by two inmates, an inquest has heard.

Wayne Reid, 44, was stabbed in the chest at HMP Rye Hill, Willoughby, on the borders of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, in April 2005.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman's Emma Bradley read a report at the inquest into his death, which said at the time the subculture was "embedded".

Three men were sentenced in April 2006 over the murder of Reid, of Birmingham.

The inquest at Rushden and Diamonds Football Club in Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, is expected to last two weeks.

Bisharat Chaudry, of Slough, Berkshire, and Ibrahim Musone, of Cricklewood, London, have been convicted of Reid's murder.

Deedar Syed, 26, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was also jailed for disposing of a blood-stained jacket.

'No doubt'

Ms Bradley read a report by inspectors which said: "At the time of Wayne's murder a criminal subculture was embedded at Rye Hill.

"It was against this backdrop that Wayne was murdered."

The report also said the inexperienced staff, who were "not well led by their managers", were struggling to cope with criminals with "reputations to be reckoned with".

Ms Bradley said she could not say whether the situation had contributed to Reid's murder.

However, Leslie Thomas, representing the family, said: "There can be no doubt that this contributed to Wayne's death."

Prison governor Ron Tasker, who begun the investigation which was taken over by Ms Bradley, told the inquest he did not think searches had been properly conducted at Rye Hill.

He said from records from the start of April 2005, he suspected some searches had not actually been carried out.

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