July 19, 2019 12.28 pm This story is over 25 months old

“Angels told me to do it” says inmate accused of three murder attempts

The trial continues

A prisoner accused of carrying out violent attacks inside three different jails told a jury “angels told me to do all three”.

As previously reported, Aklakur Rahman used makeshift weapons constructed from razor blades to slash both victims during an incident at Wayland Prison in Norfolk.

Rahman denies attempting to murder prison officer Derek Walker and fellow inmate David Sutton. The two victims were left seriously injured with each needing dozens of stitches.

A trial at Lincoln Crown Court heard Rahman was subsequently transferred to Lincoln Prison and days later allegedly tried to murder a second prison officer, Sean Humphries, using a piece of masonry he had managed to conceal in his cell.

He was then moved to HMP Wakefield jail where, despite being held under the strictest security conditions, he went on to slash another prison officer using a screw.

The jury heard Rahman does not dispute the fact that he assaulted all the men but his defence is that at the time he was clinically insane.

Giving evidence Rahman told the jury: “I didn’t know what I was doing” when he was asked about the alleged attack on Lincoln prison officer Sean Humphries.

Rahman agreed that he aimed repeated blows at Mr Humphries with a piece of masonry.

But when asked if he was intending to kill Mr Humphries he replied: “I don’t know. I was probably trying to hurt him, I don’t know about killing.”

Rahman then added: “The angels told me to do all three, to hurt people, to attack people, to kill people.”

Rahman, 32, denies attempting to murder prison officer Walker and fellow inmate Sutton and alternative charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the incident at HMP Wayland, near Thetford, on July 21, 2017.

He also denies attempting to murder Humphries and an alternative charge of wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Lincoln Prison two days later.

Rahman has also pleaded not guilty to wounding Daniel Preston with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm at HMP Wakefield jail on August 16, 2017.

Psychiatrist Dr Oludare Asekun previously told the jury that after examining Rahman he concluded that at the time of incidents the defendant was “deluded, extremely paranoid and was hallucinating”.

The trial continues.

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