Mohub Khan won't face murder charge for attack on fellow prison inmate in 1991
A PRISONER serving a life sentence for battering a fellow inmate in 1991 won't be charged with his murder 21 years later – because of a change in the law.
Former butcher Salim Ghafour suffered severe brain damage after being repeatedly hit over the head with a wooden table leg in Stafford Prison.
Attacker Mohub Khan, who was 27 at the time, was later jailed for life for inflicting GBH on Mr Ghafour.
The racially-motivated assault left 53-year-old Mr Ghafour severely disabled and suffering with epilepsy and he was found dead at his Sneyd Green home in February last year.
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A pathologist has ruled Mr Ghafour's death from pneumonia could be linked to the head injury inflicted in 1991.
But it has emerged Khan, who comes from Birmingham, cannot be prosecuted over the death because of rules set down by the Attorney General.
Retired Guy Titchener, who looked into Mr Ghafour's death when he was working with Staffordshire Police's Major Investigation Department, told yesterday's inquest: "My investigation was to look at the link between the incident in Stafford Prison and Mr Ghafour's death because if it could be proven that the assault resulted in the death then the assailant could be culpable with an offence of murder or manslaughter.
"During further inquiries, however, we found that a further prosecution cannot take place for any assaults before June 1996. This was a very serious incident and Mr Ghafour suffered brain damage as a result of it."
Former Stoke-on-Trent College student Mr Ghafour arrived in Stoke-on-Trent from Iraq in 1980 and was later granted permanent resident status in Britain.
He was jailed for 18 months in January 1991 after being convicted of deception and false accounting.
The inquest heard the father-of-two was saved during the prison attack by a fellow inmate.
It is believed Mr Ghafour had been dead for a number of days before his body was found at his Derek Drive home on February 21 last year.
Recording a verdict of natural causes, North Staffordshire Deputy Coroner Anthony Curzon said: "It was an horrendous attack by a prisoner on a defenceless fellow inmate and if it wasn't for the actions of another inmate it would have resulted in Mr Ghafour's death.
"Because of the Attorney General's ruling I don't see I can bring in the verdict of unlawful killing, however, I do believe Mr Ghafour's death was contributed to by the injuries caused in 1991, during a most vicious assault."