Man charged with murder of Pentonville Prison inmate

first_imgA man has been charged with murder following the death of a 21-year-old man at Pentonville Prison.Jamal Mahmoud, who had just become a father, was stabbed to death at the jail in Islington on Tuesday during an attack that also injured two others.Police say Basana Kimbembi, 34, has been charged with his murder.A second man, 26, has been released from custody over the incident and returned to prison.The two injured men – aged 21 and 30 – were taken to an east London hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, police said, and they remain there.The killing of the young father prompted calls for an inquiry into the state of jails in England and Wales, with his family accusing the prison of “neglecting him”.HMP Pentonville is a category B Victorian prison which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adults.According to a HM Inspectorate of Prisons report in February last year, the prison sees a rapid turnover with more than 100 new prisoners a week and it was “performing poorly” as a result of staff shortages, overcrowding and prisoners’ easy access to drugs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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