A prisoner has admitted disembowelling and murdering a child rapist during a brutal attack at a top-security jail.
Mitchell Harrison, 23, was serving an indefinite sentence at Frankland Prison, Durham, for raping a 13-year-old girl when he was brutally killed last October.
He was attacked with makeshift weapons, thought to be razor blades melted into toothbrush handles.
His bloodied body was found in his cell by warders.
Speaking shortly after his murder, a source close to the prison said: ‘To all intents and purposes he had been disembowelled. There was blood everywhere.’
Michael Parr, 32, pleaded guilty to murder during a brief hearing at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday via videolink from prison.
Nathan Mann, 23, is also charged with Harrison’s murder but he did not appear before the court.
Harrison, from Wolverhampton, was jailed in January 2010 for raping a girl in Cumbria.
He was jailed at Carlisle Crown Court indefinitely and was put on the sex offenders’ register for life.
A pathologist found that he had died of ‘multiple injuries’ and his death led to the prison being criticised.
Criminology expert Professor David Wilson, of Birmingham City University, said the extremely violent nature of the attack was significant.
He said: ‘The question is how can something like this take place in Frankland and why didn’t the staff protect him?’
The judge who sent Harrison to prison said he posed a ‘substantial risk’ to young girls.
He lured his teenage victim to his flat in Kendal, Cumbria, in 2009. Once inside he ordered her to strip before raping her twice.
It was the third time Harrison had been in trouble for sexually assaulting girls.
When he was 13 he was given a formal warning for indecently assaulting a seven-year-old and when he was 15 he was taken to court for threatening to rape a 15-year-old classmate.
After his murder, Harrison’s family released a statement saying: ‘Although we never condoned his past actions, he was serving his time and was by all accounts a model, trusted prisoner who did not deserve to die in this horrific way.’
Parr will be sentenced on July 12.