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Inmate handed over weapon handed before ‘prison execution’, court hears

Stabbing trial is shown CCTV footage from inside HMP Pentonville

22 September, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Pentonville prison

AN Old Bailey jury was this week shown footage of a Pentonville inmate allegedly handing another a weapon used in a “brutal” killing.

Jamal Mahmoud, 21, was stabbed to death at the prison’s G wing on October 18 last year in a dispute over control of the “lucrative” trade in contraband, the court heard. Basana Kimbembi, 35, Robert Butler, 31, and Joshua Ratner, 27 – who deny murder – had become embroiled in a “beef” with Mr Mahmoud, who occupied a “key cell” that gave him control over the supply of phones, weapons and drugs to the Caledonian Road prison, jurors heard.

CCTV footage appeared to show Kimbembi being handed what appeared to be a weapon before the killing later in an area not covered by cameras.

According to a witness, Kimbembi, accompan­ied by Ratner and Butler, grabbed Mr Mahmoud before plunging the blade into his chest.

“It was effectively an execution,” said Mark Heywood QC, for the prosecution. The trial continues.


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