Prisoner to sue Home Office

Another test case centring on liability of the Prison Service for the wellbeing of prisoners is now heading for the courts. Robert Hartshorn, who was jailed for murder in 1986, has been given the go-ahead to sue the Home Office for damages in respect of injuries he received when two fellow prisoners at Gartree Prison, Leicester, slashed his face with a razor, scarring him for life. Hartshorn accuses the prison authorities of negligence and says they failed to take reasonable care for his safety. The attack is said to have occurred when the two prisoners took advantage of a Sunday afternoon relaxation of rules, during which inmates from other wings of the prison were allowed to visit prisoners in A Wing, while prison officers serve tea, fruit and cakes.