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Gladiator Games

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:309
  1. Piyal Sen, consultant forensic psychiatrist
  1. Priory/Blenheim Secure Services, Chadwick Lodge, Milton Keynes

    Gladiator Games dramatises the events surrounding the death of an Asian teenager, Zahid Mubarek, in UK custody. He was remanded on 17 January 2000 for stealing razor blades worth £6 and for interfering with a motor vehicle. He was taken to Feltham Young Offenders' Institution in west London and eventually sentenced to three months.

    His killer, Robert Stewart, received his first conviction at the age of 13 and was well known within the Prison Service as a violent, dangerous, and racist psychopath. By the age of 19, he had had 18 separate convictions for 71 offences. Despite this, on 8 …

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