Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Child rapist Roger Gleaves loses 'slopping out' case

A convicted paedophile who had to use a bucket as a toilet at an Isle of Wight prison has lost a High Court case claiming a breach of his human rights.

Roger Gleaves, 77, who was convicted of the rape of two 14-year-old boys, had to "slop out" during his time at Albany prison.

He branded the practice "demeaning and utterly despicable".

He asked a judge for a damages award of £2,600, but the action was dismissed by Mr Justice Hickinbottom in London.

The Ministry of Justice contested actions brought by Gleaves and another former Albany inmate, Desmond Grant, 30, which, if successful, could have forced the government to spend millions on upgrading old jails.

Grant's case was also rejected by the judge.

Gleaves, who was given a 15-year sentence at the Old Bailey in 1998 and is due to be released from prison in seven months, was present in court for the ruling.

In the UK there are 2,000 cells that do not have integrated toilet facilities - about 3% of the total prison estate.

New prisons have a toilet in every cell but in some older prisons inmates operate a call button to ask for their cell to be unlocked so they can use facilities outside.

Only one prisoner is let out at a time for between six and 10 minutes, with waits depending on how many are in the queue.

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