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Lag convicted of smashing cellmate to death with TV

Jordan Palmer
Jordan Palmer

A prisoner has been convicted of battering his cellmate to death with a flat screen TV.

Jordan Palmer, 26, attacked 42-year-old Terrence Ojuederie, who had the bottom bunk in their cell at HMP Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire Police said Palmer was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility on Wednesday, following a two-and-a-half-week trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

The attack happened on December 9 last year after Palmer complained of feeling unwell, and prison officers suspected he had taken the synthetic cannabis drug Spice.

Palmer, who was serving six years for grievous bodily harm, is expected to be sentenced for the manslaughter on Thursday.

Jordan Palmer

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop said: "The attack was one of the most vicious I have seen, and happened at a time when Terry Ojuederie was unable to defend himself or escape.

"I can only say as some small consolation that in all probability Terry would have lost consciousness very quickly."

He commended the family of Mr Ojuederie, who was from Watford, for the "dignity and respect" they demonstrated throughout the trial.

In a statement released after the hearing, the family of Mr Ojuederie said: "We believe the right verdict was reached today, although there was never going to be a happy outcome for us.

"Terry was brutally killed in a frenzied one-sided attack by his cellmate.

"Nothing can bring Terry back to us or take away the pain and devastation we are living with each day."