Monday 27 February 2017

Baby P torturer burned in boiling water prison attack

Hugh Macknight in London

THE stepfather of tragic Baby P has been injured in a shocking prison attack, it was reported yesterday.

Steven Barker, who is serving a life sentence for his part in the infant's death, was reported to have been scalded by boiling water hurled by another prisoner. Initial reports said Barker was burned by a mixture of water and sugar but this was denied by the UK's Justice Ministry.

Barker, 6ft 4in and 18 stone, was left screaming in pain after suffering burns to his face and arm in the attack last Wednesday at Wakefield Prison, west Yorkshire, which could scar him for life.

Islamic terrorist Dhiren Barot, who plotted to detonate a series of dirty bombs in the UK, was moved from Frankland prison, Durham, when he was badly burned in a boiling water attack in 2008.

A Justice Ministry spokesman confirmed a prisoner was treated for wounds sustained in high-security Wakefield Prison.

A source told a UK newspaper yesterday: "To say Barker is disliked is an understatement -- he is reviled. The other inmates all hate him with a passion.

When Barker came here everyone knew what he had done to Baby P. Your card is marked if you have a crime against your name concerning kids." A Prison Service spokesman said: "A prisoner at HMP Wakefield was assaulted by another. Staff intervened quickly and the prisoner received treatment. Police have been informed."

The NSPCC declined to comment on the attack.

But the "Justice for Baby P" Facebook group, on which the charity has posted messages, urged people to break the cycle of violence connected to the child.

A message posted by the site administrators said violence was "a further stain on the memory of a baby who died by violent, horrific means". Barker, 33, was jailed in May last year for contributing to the 50 injuries Peter suffered in his short life.

The 17-month-old toddler had been horrifically abused in the house his mother Tracey Connelly shared with Barker in north London. Connelly is serving a minimum of five years for causing or allowing Peter's death. Barker's brother Jason Owen, a lodger in the council house, was also jailed.

Last month Barker lost his appeal against a further conviction for raping a girl of two.

Sunday Independent

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