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Prisoner murdered in cell named

Published 05/05/2015

Walid Barsoum was found dead at HMP Wandsworth
Walid Barsoum was found dead at HMP Wandsworth

A man allegedly murdered in jail was named tonight as Wadid Barsoum, 66.

He was found in a cell at Britain's largest prison, Wandsworth, yesterday morning.

Scotland Yard has said officers were called to the south London jail to reports of a male prisoner dead in a cell.

A spokesman said Taras Nykolyn, 46, also of HMP Wandsworth, had been charged with murder and will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

He added: "This follows an incident inside HMP Wandsworth at approximately 07:35hrs on 4 May."

A Prison Service spokeswoman has said: "An HMP Wandsworth prisoner was pronounced dead in hospital at 8.52am on Monday 4 May."

Wandsworth, a category B jail, can hold more than 1,800 prisoners. Alongside Liverpool, which is of similar size, it is one of the biggest prisons in Western Europe.

It was built in 1851, and the residential areas remain in the original buildings.

Since 1989, there has been extensive refurbishment and modernisation of the wings, including in-cell sanitation, privacy screens for cells occupied by more than one prisoner and the more recent installation of in-cell electricity.

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