Charles Bronson came close to death in prison after being stabbed in back by fellow prisoner
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A prison guard who's spent time working with some of Britain's most dangerous men has described the moment Charles Bronson was stabbed in prison by the Turkish Mafia.
Bronson, who now goes by Charles Salvador, has spent almost 50 years behind bars after first being sentenced for his role in an armed robbery in 1974.
He currently resides in HMP Woodhill in Buckinghamshire, but previously encountered prison guard Phil Currie while working out in the gym one day.
Speaking on the Anything Goes With James English podcast, Currie admitted that the longest periods of time he spent with Bronson were for a few months when he was working in the gym, but in those encounters he came to regard him as a 'character'.
"I got on quite well with him, I talked to him about his artwork and bits and bobs," Currie said.
Currie said their meetings took place before Bronson got 'stabbed on the yard'. The notorious criminal is known to have been stabbed during his time at HMP Parkhurst.
"I was actually on the yard the day he got stabbed," Currie recalled.
The prison officer described the situation as 'sad' and admitted he was 'shocked' that it happened.
"Looking back, I think it probably happened because at the time we had the Irish, the Turkish family, they were the ones mainly running the prison, so they were the top dogs," he explained.
Currie implied the prisoners 'running' the facility didn't like the fact they didn't have any control over Bronson, which may have lead to the stabbing.
"He was his own man that way, so I think with that... I don't know the ins and outs of why he got stabbed, but it certainly wasn't just to do with the man who stabbed him," Currie claimed.
After spending much of his life in prison, Bronson could now be released in a matter of months as a spokesperson for the Parole Board confirmed a date has been set for his parole hearing.
The spokesperson told LADbible: "The date for the public hearing has now been set for Monday 6th March and Wednesday 8th March 2023.
"The hearing will be streamed to a location in central London. To observe the hearing, you must attend this location – we cannot share a link to the hearing to be watched anywhere else."
The spokesperson added that the exact location of the hearing is still being confirmed.
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Topics: Charles Bronson, Crime