Prisoner labelled ‘dangerous offender’ beat cellmate to death with table leg

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A prison inmate who murdered his own cellmate has been jailed for life after beating the lag to death with a table leg.

Stevie Hilden, 31, beat convicted arsonist Sundeep Ghuman, 36, to death at HMP Belmarsh, the maximum security prison based in London.

Ghuman had been jailed for arson attacks in 2011 and after Hilden beat him with a table leg, was rushed to hospital and subsequently died the following day, a court has heard.

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According to the post-mortem that followed on Ghuman, he had passed away from a traumatic head injury and experienced a series of extensive bruising over his body.

Hilden is believed to have used the table leg to continually beat and eventually kill cellmate Ghuman in a murderous assault on the 36-year-old.

After his arrest, Hilden refused to answer any questions or give any explanation for his actions to police regarding his victim's injuries and how they came about.

Detective Inspector Karen Bangs, the investigating officer, said: "Sundeep suffered a sustained attack that left him seriously injured and ultimately resulted in his death.

"My thoughts remain with his family as they continue to come to terms with their loss."

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Inspector Bangs continued: "This was a complex investigation in a challenging environment and I would like to thank the prison authorities for their support throughout the process.

"Hilden is a dangerous offender and he will now spend a considerable time in a high-security prison."

Hilden denied the murder while on trial at Woolwich Crown Court and was imprisoned with a minimum of 17 years before parole was considered.

The victim's mother, Harpal Ghuman said: "Mr Hilden has shown no remorse for his actions. I do not want anyone else to go through the pain and loss that I have had.

"I have listened to all the evidence at court and wish to thank the prison officers, police officers and barristers for bringing justice for my son."

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