Multiple child and pregnant woman murderer at Frankland Smashes fellow inmate’s skull in with a hammer

A convicted murderer and rapist of a woman and multiple children imprisoned at HMP Frankland is alleged to have smashed a fellow inmate’s skull in with a hammer.

Damien Bendall is serving a whole-life sentence after killing Terri Harris, 35, her two children John Bennett, 13, Lacey Bennett, 11, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, 11, in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, in 2021.

Bendall, 32, admitted murdering the four victims and raping Lacey at Derby Crown Court in 2022. The whole-life order means that he will never be released from prison for the rest of his life.

The Sun reports how Bendall has now allegedly left a fellow prisoner at Frankland prison in Durham fighting for his life. He is said to have battered him with a claw hammer, smashing his skull, during a jail workshop.

They have reported that the male victim was bludgeoned three or four times and may not survive, following the attack on Friday.

Durham Constabulary said the victim was rushed to hospital to be treated for his injuries. He is understood to still be receiving medical treatment.

A spokesperson for the force said: “An investigation is under way following a serious assault which occurred at Frankland prison, Durham on Friday (May 10). The victim was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries. Enquiries are now ongoing.”

A Prison Service spokesperson added: “We cannot comment on a live police investigation but prisoners who are violent face tough punishments.”

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