An inquest into the death of a prisoner killed by a fellow inmate has been told there was a “criminal subculture” at the jail at the time of his murder.
Wayne Reid, aged 44, died at HMP Rye Hill, Warwickshire, in 2005 after he was stabbed in the chest by a fellow inmate. Three men are serving prisoner sentences in connection with his murder.
The inquest heard searches had not been carried out properly at the prison in the run-up to Mr Reid’s death.
Emma Bradley, from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, read an extract from a report to the inquest at the Rushden and Diamonds Football Club, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire.
It said: “At the time of Wayne’s murder a criminal subculture was embedded at Rye Hill. It was against this backdrop that Wayne was murdered.”
The inquest was adjourned until Monday.