Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, three men have been convicted of murder.
Stephen Boorman, aged 33, of HMP Belmarsh, James Brabbs, aged 32 of HMP Belmarsh, and Jibreel Raheem, aged 26, of HMP Wakefield, were today (24/6) convicted of one count of murder following a hearing at the Old Bailey.
A unanimous jury convicted Boorman following a trial which concluded today.
Brabbs pleaded guilty during the trial, and Raheem pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
The convictions are concerning an incident which took place on 5 June 2018, at Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes.
At around 3 pm, a Ukrainian national, 49-year-old Taras Nykolyn, an inmate at the prison, was in the prison exercise yard. Boorman, Brabbs and Raheem approached him. Boorman struck the victim, knocking him to the floor, then all three of the men viciously attacked him with self-made weapons.
The men then refused to leave the prison yard and prevented Mr Nykolyn from being given medical treatment. After around forty minutes, prison officers were able to enter the exercise yard and remove Mr Nykolyn’s attackers.
Mr Nykolyn was provided with emergency medical treatment from members of South Central Ambulance Service, but sadly he was later pronounced dead on his way to the hospital.
A post-mortem revealed the cause of death to be head and facial injuries.
The men will be sentenced on tomorrow (25/6) at the Old Bailey.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent, said:
“Boorman, Brabbs and Raheem clearly planned to target their victim and subjected him to a vicious and sustained attack using weapons they had fashioned themselves.
“I am satisfied that these men have been found guilty and our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Nykolyn.”
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