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INTERFERENCE WITH GOODS CLAIMS BY PRISONERS – THE UNUSUAL CASE OF THAKRAR V THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE

Thakrar v The Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EW Misc B44 is an unusual case for a number of reasons. The facts themselves are unusual – the claim was brought by a prisoner who alleged that in the course of being transferred from one prison to another, several of his goods (a stereo, CDs and 4 books) were damaged or lost. It also represents a case in which exemplary damages were awarded, the District Judge having found as a fact that the CDs in question were deliberately damaged by the act of one or more prison officers. But the procedure itself is worthy of note because this was a case on the small claims track (dealt with on written representations) in which the decision was taken to publish the judgment. That judgment can be found at:

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/Misc/2015/B44.html.

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