THE man convicted of murdering Ormskirk businessman Kenneth Iddon was slashed in jail by a violent prisoner.
John Climo, 42, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for murdering the father of two in the garage of his Greetby Hill home, suffered a six inch wound to his neck after a razor blade attack in HMP Full Sutton.
On Friday prisoner Asif Yaqub, in jail for GBH with intent, was handed an additional life sentence after pleading guilty to attempted murder, and will serve a minimum of ten years.
Yaqub, who once slashed a former colleague’s throat at a tube station, attempted to stab Climo in the neck with a ‘shank’ made from blades.
Jharna Jobes, prosecuting, said Yaqub ran at Climo after waiting for him in the snooker room. Without any warning Yaqub slashed his victim, caused a wound six-inches long in Climo’s neck.
She said Yaqub then fled to his cell pushing the weapon out of the mesh window in his cell. It was recovered later by guards. She said Yaqub had confessed to guards that he had attempted to murder Climo. Jobes added: “He said he had made the decision about an hour before hand and that his intention was to cut his throat across his jugular vein,”
The Advertiser understands that Climo declined to make a formal statement to the police about the April 30 attack.
Climo’s sister Christine Pye said: “There was a game of table tennis, and the ball bounced over to John. He knocked it back with his foot, and Yaqub took offence.
“John was just walking along when Yaqub passed him. John did not know what had happened, until a prison officer noticed the cut.
“He had been slashed with a home made shank – the weapon had two razor blades. John was millimetres from death, the wound just missed an artery.
“I think it is appalling that this man was put in to general population.
“The prison authorities have told John that he if he admits his role in the murder, he will no longer be a ‘category A’ prisoner. John refused, so he still has to mix with the likes of Yaqub in Full Sutton. We are convinced that John is an innocent man and we will continue to campaign for his release.”
Judge Michael Mettyear, sentencing Yaqub, 32, to life, said: “It has been demonstrated on three occasions that your conduct is dangerous while in prison.
“You have proved to be a violent criminal.”