A man has tragically died after being stabbed while serving a sentence at Pentonville prison, sources have confirmed.
21-year-old Jamal Mahmoud died at the prison – located in Barnsbury near Caledonian Road station – on Tuesday. Two other prisoners have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Chillingly, a prison source told the BBC’s Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw that the knife was “bigger than a Bowie knife but smaller than a machete”.
Mahmoud was originally from Enfield, and had been jailed in July for helping to hide a machine gun.
Outside of prison, his girlfriend had given birth to a baby two weeks ago.
“We are fully committed to addressing the significant increase in violence, self-harm and self-inflicted deaths in our prisons,” said a Ministry of Justice spokesperson.
The spokesperson added that the ministry will be providing £14m extra in 10 prisons.
The Pentonville Independent Monitoring Board recommended earlier this year that the government should “knock down” – or failing that “urgently upgrade” – the site, the BBC added.