Two men have been cleared of murdering an inmate in a South Yorkshire prison.
Julian Maylor and Reiss Comrie, both 24, were acquitted of killing Michael Hennessy in Lindholme Prison, Doncaster, by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.
They took less than four hours to find the men not guilty of stabbing Mr Hennessy to death with a ‘shank’ or homemade knife.
The prosecution said Comrie supplied Maylor with the blade last December and Maylor attacked Hennessy in his cell, stabbing him in the neck.
But Maylor’s lawyers said he was acting in self defence and Mr Hennessy, 22, had attacked him with the intention of killing him or doing him very serious harm.
Autistic Maylor, had denied murder and Malcolm Swift, defending, said Hennessy was a ‘savage aggressor’ with a history of prison violence, who had gone, armed with at least two homemade knives to Maylor’s cell and attacked him.
He said: “It was an ambush. Maylor was the victim, not Mr Hennessy. Mr Hennessy was the perpetrator. He was the savage aggressor.
“No-one deserves to die but Mr Hennessy brought this on himself.”
“He’s a violent criminal with an unenvious record of wanton, serious indescriminate violence against anyone who crosses him.”