Murderer sues over barbed greeting cards
A gangland killer is suing prison chiefs for £50,000 — claiming his victim's son sent him ‘abusive’ greetings cards, the Sun newspaper has reported.
Karl Henderson, 40, alleges his human rights were breached because ‘negligent’ officers failed to stop the birthday and Christmas messages reaching him.
The prisoner is said to be on anti-depressants after continuing to receive the cards despite assurances they would be stopped. He says this created an "intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive" atmosphere.
The Sun discovered that Henderson has launched a High Court claim under the Human Rights Act from his cell in Long Lartin top-security jail, Worcestershire and he is hoping to get £50,000 for his ‘inhuman treatment’.
It is not known if he will get legal aid, but he represented himself at an initial hearing.
Henderson says the cards were from the son of suspected drugs dealer Mark Sayer, 22 - who he shot at close range, killing the victim on his doorstep 16 years ago. He was jailed for life the following year for the murder in Redcar.
At the time of sentencing Judge Mr Justice Laws recommended that Henderson serve at least 30 years, saying: "I have rarely encountered so thoroughly evil an individual."
The Prison Service confirmed that they will fight the claim in court and have not paid him any compensation.