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Convicted robber makes second prison personal injury claim

A convicted robber is making a second compensation claim against the Prison Service after picking up £30,000 in the first.

Carl Knell was awarded damages after injuring his back while picking up his belongings at a jail and underwent surgery in 1998. He now claims he sustained further back injuries during a prison transfer in 1999. A Prison Service spokesman told Ananova a claim had been passed to Treasury solicitors.

It is reported that Knell, who was serving a five-year sentence for robbery and assault, could receive up to £80,000 plus legal costs.

In the later incident, Knell, from Uckfield, East Sussex, is reported to have hurt his back lifting a bag as he left Highdown Prison in Banstead for Camp Hill prison on the Isle of Wight. He says a doctor passed him fit to travel and that after he claimed he could not get out of the van on arrival due to pain, prison officers forcibly removed him believing he was faking. Knell claims doctors at both prisons failed to pick up on the injury quickly enough. He later spent weeks on an orthopaedic ward.

Ananova: 12th March 2001



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