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Tributes for inmate stabbed to death in Surrey prison

FATALLY STABBED: Madala Washington

THE FAMILY of a 25-year-old man who was murdered while serving a prison sentence in Surrey has vowed to keep his dreams alive as they come to terms with his death.

Madala Washington was serving time for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin at Coldingley Prison when he was fatally stabbed on April 1 at the category C jail.

He was formally identified yesterday (April 19) and his family issued a moving statement in his memory.

According to The Wimbledon Guardian, the statement read: “Let us remember the 25 years that our son and brother has blessed us with. His beautiful presence, loving spirit and aspirations for the future will never be forgotten.

"As we remember his dreams, we pray that they may not be washed away with our tears but remembered every day.

"Our love will remain unshakable for our beloved Madala.

"We would like thank all family and friends that have given us support at this devastating time. Although there is an ache in our hearts that will never go away, we are comforted knowing that God's love will give us strength until we meet again.”

A post-mortem examination concluded he died from stab wounds, Surrey Police said.

Coldingley, in Bisley near Woking in Surrey, houses an estimated 500 inmates serving a variety of sentences, including life.

Just last year an independent monitoring board wrote to prisons minister Andrew Selous over its concerns about the jail.

Its report blamed an increase in home-made weapons at the prison and illegal drugs on cuts to the number of prison officers and staff.

The prison service confirmed that an investigation would be carried out by the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (IPPO) in order to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

A 23-year-old inmate has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident, has been bailed until June 2.

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