The Zahid Mubarek case
10th January 2000
Robert Stewart is transferred to Feltham Young Offenders Institution (YOI), West London from Hindley Prison and Young Offenders Institution, Wigan. Stewart is noted for his strange behaviour amongst inmates and has 18 separate convictions for 71 offences.
Man charged with prison murder BBC, 1st April 2000
Prisoner ‘killed by racist cellmate’ BBC, 25th October 2000
His crime was theft. He paid with his life, murdered by a rabid racist The Guardian, 2nd November 2000
‘Overt racism’ at young offenders jail BBC, 22nd January 2001
Feltham ‘failed by management’ BBC, 12th April 2001
Court urges review of race murder in cell The Guardian, 31st July 2001
Judge details race killing decision BBC, 5th October 2001
No inquiry into prison race killing BBC, 27th March 2002
Prison race death blamed on shocking failures The Guardian, 10th July 2003
Law lords order inquiry into jail murder The Guardian, 17th October 2003
Inquiry into Feltham murder opens The Guardian, 25th May 2004
Mubarek inquiry: Key findings BBC, 29th June 2006
Mubarek Amin: ‘My son was murdered by a racist The Guardian, 9th May 2015
Imran Khan and Partners represented the family of Zahid Mubarek. Zahid was 19 when he was murdered by his racist cell mate Robert Stewart at Feltham Young Offenders Institution on the 21st March 2000.
Zahid’s family called for a Public Inquiry to find out what led to the prison placing him in a cell with a known racist. This led to a landmark judgment from the House of Lord’s (R v Secretary of State Ex Parte Amin  UKHL 51) and a Public Inquiry, chaired by Mr Justice Keith which reported in June 2006.
The Report of the Zahid Mubarek Inquiry gave 88 recommendations for change in the prison system in Britain.
Above: Scene from the play of Gladiator Games
Tanika Gupta dramatised the events using material from statements made at the time and from the official Inquiry into the death of Zahid Mubarek.