was a British Asian teenager
who was brutally murdered
by his cellmate on March 21, 2000, at the Feltham Young Offenders' Institution
in southwest London
. He was already inside Feltham when his killer, 20-year-old Robert Stewart - was transferred to his cell.
Mubarek's family trace their roots to Pakistan
. His grandfather served in the Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers
who in 1960, migrated with his family to East London
Mubarek was a first-time prisoner and little different from other young men in a cycle of drug abuse
and small-time criminality. The murder has resulted in wider questions being asked about the Prison Service's treatment of minorities
- not least from those who see parallels with the handling of Stephen Lawrence
's murder by the Metropolitan Police
. The incident was the inspiration for the song 'Feltham Is Singing Out' by English indie rock band Hard-Fi, which appeared as an album track on their debut, Stars of CCTV.
Campaigners say that many key questions still remain unanswered:
- Was the teenager's placement in that cell accidental, negligent, or worse still, deliberate?
- Was the killing......