A prison officer who was left "haunted" after witnessing a paedophile being brutally disembowelled in his jail cell has been awarded a £125,000 payout.
Alan Johnson, 59, was diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing the horrific aftermath of the murder of paedophile Mitchell Harrison, 23, at HMP Frankland, Durham, in October 2011.
The 59-year-old officer was first on the scene after the brutal jail killing but has since suffered from flashbacks, anxiety, lost sleep and depression following the incident.
Harrison was serving an indeterminate sentence of at least four-and-a-half years after being convicted in 2010 of raping a 13-year-old girl whom he lured back to his flat in Kendal, Cumbria.
Harrison’s neck had been cut with a plastic scalpel and his stomach had been opened by lifers Michael Parr, 32, and Nathan Mann, 23.
Employment Judge Garnon ruled Prison Service governors, line managers and HR had “written him off because that was the easiest option for them”, Mirror Online reports.
At a North Shields tribunal, Mr Johnson won a claim for harassment while trying to return to work, with a payout to be announced.
His earlier civil claim against the Prison Service resulted in the £125,000 settlement.
When contacted after the ruling, Mr Johnson declined to comment.
Following Harrison's murder several members of staff at Frankland were given time off to recover from the psychological trauma.
Speaking in 2013 Tom Robson, vice chairman of the Prison Officers’ Association, said: “I am aware that prison officers have been granted time off following the incident at Frankland.
“Clearly, it has been a horrific time for staff.
“Unfortunately, prison officers at high security jails like Frankland are subject to trauma on a daily basis.
“What the public don’t know is that prisoners often try to commit suicide or self-harm. Prison officers regularly save the life of these prisoners, which is in itself a traumatic experience.
“So we not only protect the prisoners, but we have to protect ourselves as well. Prison officers are always in the firing line.
“Prison officers deal with these people on a daily basis and we don’t get a second thought from the public because everything we do is behind closed doors. It really is an impossible job.”