One of UK's youngest convicted murderers stabs inmate at Welsh prison

HMP Parc
HMP Parc -Credit:Media Wales

One of the UK's youngest convicted murderers stabbed another inmate during a mass brawl at a Welsh prison. Petri Kurti, 22, used a sharpened rod to stab the inmate during a fight at HMP Parc in Bridgend on June 4, 2022.

The violent incident also involved inmates Darren Pearce, 24, Cairo Williams, 23, and James Logan, 38. Kurti was handed a life sentence for murdering Glynis Bensley, 47, when he was just 13 years old in a violent robbery back in 2014.

During the prison brawl, Kurti, Pearce and Williams made their way to the third landing of the Bravo Two unit of the prison where they targeted fellow inmates. The fight began when Williams approached prisoner Oliver Rundu and they started fighting each other, using tinned tuna in socks as makeshift weapons.

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Shortly after this, Kurti and Pearce attacked prisoner Tekli Gebray. During a trial, a prison officer described Kurti stabbing Mr Gebray with a sharpened metal rod, while Pearce punched the victim several times to the face and body.

Two officers tried to separate them but were caught in the pushing and shoving, with one of them suffering broken ribs after colliding with railings. The incident was detailed at a sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, reports Wales Online.

Logan then became involved, repeatedly striking Mr Rundu on the head while he lay prone on the ground. He was ordered to stop by a prison officer and returned to his cell. Mr Gebray had blood-soaked clothes and visible injuries as a result of the attack.

However, he declined to give a statement to either the prison authorities or the police. The defendants later admitted a charge of violent disorder, while Mr Rundu was acquitted of the same charge, with the jury determining that he had been acting in self-defence. All of the defendants have since been transferred to other prisons.

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Shoman Khan addressed the defendants, saying: "Prison officers have a duty to reduce crime, keep each inmate safe and to keep order in the prison. One officer was hurt while trying to prevent escalation... It's concerning inmates may have been targeted in prison.

"The prison regime is harsh by nature and those serving a sentence should be able to serve their sentence without fear of violence or threats of violence."

Kurti received a sentence of three years and eight months imprisonment. Pearce was given a two-year sentence.

Williams also received a two-year sentence. Logan was sentenced to seven months imprisonment. Each defendant will serve their sentence concurrent with the sentence they are already serving.

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