Prison attack on driveway knife killer

Convicted murderer John Climo
Convicted murderer John Climo

A CONVICTED murderer from Prescot escaped with his life after he had his throat slashed by a fellow prisoner.

John Climo, 42, was attacked in the snooker room of Full Sutton Prison in York where he is serving 30 years for the murder of businessman Kenneth Iddon.

Asif Yaqub jumped on Climo, slashing at his jugular vein with a razor blade in an unprovoked attack.

Hull Crown Court heard last Friday that the attack on April 30 last year was carried out after 32-year-old Yaqub made a decision he was going to kill Climo.

He was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in 2006 after killing the wealthy businessman on the driveway of his home with a knife.

Crown barrister Jharna Jobes said Yaqub approached Climo in the snooker room and, without any warning, slashed his victim’s neck with an improvised weapon made from two razor blades melted into a plastic knife, causing a six-inch wound.

She said he then fled to his cell, pushing the weapon out of the window. It was recovered later by guards. She said Yaqub had confessed to guards that he had attempted to murder Climo.

“He said he had made the decision about an hour before and and that his intention was to cut his throat across his jugular vein,” said Mrs Jobes.

Yaqub, originally from London, was in Full Sutton serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection. He appeared at court via a video link after pleading guilty to a single charge of attempted murder.

He refused to instruct a legal team and did not speak once during his court appearance, instead nodding in agreement to the judge on sentencing.

Yaqub was orginally jailed 2006 after slashing his former boss’ throat and stabbing him in the stomach.

During his time inside, he has attacked two other men with razor blades.

Sentencing him to a life sentence, Judge Michael Mettyear told Asif Yaqub: “It has been demonstrated on three occasions that your conduct is dangerous while in prison. You have proved to be a violent criminal.”

He said there were many aggravating features to the attack.