Murder suspect attacked
Mar 4 2009 by Ben Rossington, Liverpool Echo
A MURDER suspect needed hospital treatment after being attacked on his first day in prison.
Gary Finlay, 46, was slashed across the face with a make-shift razor by one inmate and beaten by two others during his first 24 hours in Walton prison.
On Friday, Finlay was remanded into custody by Wirral magistrates after being charged with the murder of soldier Graham McKenna and the attempted murder of Mr McKenn’a teenage son Michael.
He was arrested on Wednesday when he handed himself in to police after living rough in Liverpool for six weeks.
Later that day, Finlay was booked into the First Night Centre at Walton prison – where new inmates are taken to acclimatise to prison life – before being moved to the remand wing the following day.
He was attacked at around 3.30pm on Saturday.
Two men punched Finlay in the face and body before another cut him.
Finlay’s injuries were so serious he was taken to hospital.
He returned to Walton in the early hours of Sunday.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “An incident took place at HMP Liverpool at 3.30pm on Saturday 28 February in which a prisoner was assaulted.
“The prisoner sustained cuts and bruising. He was taken to an outside hospital and returned to HMP Liverpool in the early hours of March 1.”
Mr McKenna, 45, was killed on Saturday, January 10, as he and son Michael, 14, went to catch the Soccer Bus to Goodison Park from Upton Road, Claughton, Wirral.
Mr McKenna was stabbed and staggered around the corner before collapsing in Speedwell Road. He died in Arrowe Park hospital.
Michael was knifed nine times but survived.
Dad-of-two Mr McKenna, who served with the Cheshire Regiment for 22 years before joining the local Territorial Army, was laid to rest after a full military funeral on Monday.
Finlay is due to appear before a Liverpool Crown Court judge later this month. Liverpool echo