Man Charged Over Wandsworth Prison Murder

6 May 2015, 11:55

A prisoner has been charged with murdering another inmate at Wandsworth prison.

66 year-old Wadid Barsoum was found dead in his cell at the south London jail on Monday morning.

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

A spokesman for Scotland Yard say 46 year-old Taras Nykolyn, also of HMP Wandsworth, had been charged with murder and will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court today.

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.