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Anthony's killer attacked in jail
Michael Barton
Michael Barton will serve at least 17 years for murder
The racist killer of teenager Anthony Walker has been beaten up in prison.

Michael Barton, 17, was jailed for life in December last year with his cousin, 20-year-old Paul Taylor for killing Anthony, 18, with an ice axe.

Earlier this month he was set upon as he took a shower at Moorland Young Offenders' Institution in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The Prison Service said the teenager, of Huyton, Merseyside, was cut in the face and beaten up in the attack.

Barton was told he would serve a minimum of 17 years after being found jointly responsible, along with his cousin, for the murder of black student Anthony.

Mr Justice Leveson described their actions as a "racist attack of a type poisonous to any civilised society".

'Minor assault'

Anthony and his cousin Marcus Binns were subjected to racist abuse by Barton and Taylor as they stood at a bus stop in Huyton, Merseyside, with Anthony's girlfriend, Louise Thompson, on 29 July 2005.

The trio were chased into nearby McGoldrick Park where Taylor drove an ice axe in Anthony's skull. He died in hospital a few hours later.

Gee Walker, Anthony's mother, has publicly forgiven the pair and said she would be prepared to meet her son's killers at some point in the future to find the "root cause" of their actions.

On Monday, a Prison Service spokesman confirmed Barton was set upon by a group of men.

"On 13 April Michael Barton was subjected to a minor assault in the showers," he said.

"He received a small cut to his cheek and bruising to his face and chest.

"The incident was investigated and the relevant action taken."

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