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Jamal Mahmoud named as Pentonville prison stabbing victim

VICTIM: Jamal Mahmoud

THE VICTIM of a prison stabbing that took place at a London prison has been identified as 21-year-old inmate Jamal Mahmoud.

Mahmoud was reportedly stabbed with a hunting knife at Pentonville prison before being thrown over the railings from the fifth floor of the prison’s G-wing at 3.30pm on Tuesday (Oct 18).

He was pronounced dead an hour later.

His family have hit out at prison officials for what they believe to be "negligence", which resulted in his death.

His sister Souzan, speaking on behalf of her mother Hawa, told ITV News: "For her to get a phone call that her son had died in prison is just devastating.

"I blame the prison more than the actual person that done it. They owed him a duty of care and they just neglected him.

Mahmoud, who is father to a 10-month old son, was jailed for six years and six months in July as one of two gang members who hid a loaded Skorpion machine gun and ammunition in a garden in Enfield, north London.

The young father, from Enfield, was also serving five-and-a-half years for a separate robbery.

His distraught fiancée, identified as Melissa Modeste, took to Facebook to write a heartfelt tribute.

“Sleep tight my darling Jamal. I miss you, I love you, forever and always.”

She added: “I miss you telling me you love me, I miss planning our future together. I miss you making plans for [our son], I miss us talking about having another baby in the future, I miss us planning to get our marriage registered.

TRIBUTE: Mahmoud's fiancée Melissa Modeste

"All I have left is a couple of tops and your 50 pairs of trainers. My engagement ring will never leave my finger.”

The incident, which also saw two other inmates in need of medical attention for stab wounds, is being labelled as "no massive surprise" by the Prison Governors Association.

The men aged 21 and 30, were taken to an east London hospital, where they remain in a critical condition, a Metropolitan police spokesman said yesterday (Oct 19).

The north London prison is a category B Victorian facility that opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 men.

An inspection report on the jail published last year said: “Most prisoners felt unsafe; levels of violence were much higher than in similar prisons and had almost doubled since the last inspection.”

Plans to shut old Victorian jails have been outlined as part of a modernisation drive, with only HMP Holloway in north London confirmed as facing closure so far.

The incident has added to pressure for an inquiry into the state of prisons.

Detectives are investigating whether the four-inch knife used to kill him had been flown into the prison by drone.

Half of Pentonville’s 200 officers are said to have passed a vote of no confidence in governor Kevin Reilly yesterday.

They claim they are unable to prevent weapons and drugs from being smuggled in while also monitoring the 1,200 prisoners inside.

Two men, aged 34 and 26, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

It is believed that Dalton Grant, who represented Team GB in the high jump at three Olympic Games, was giving a motivational talk at the prison when the incident took place.

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