Convicted murderer Stuart Horner complained repeatedly about prison conditions. Frustrated by official indifference, he took his show not ‘ on the road’ - but on the roof
Stuart Horner was convicted of murdering his uncle in 2012. Receiving a life sentence with a minimum of 27 years before being eligible for parole, he wasn’t in the best of moods. Horner complained bitterly and repeatedly about conditions at the maximum- security Strangeways prison in Manchester but didn’t get the response he wanted.
His complaints centred mainly around the amount of time he spent locked in his cell, prison sanitation, increased drug abuse among the inmates, lack of work, general boredom and lack of visits from relatives. If things didn’t improve, he’d warned, there could be a repeat of the infamous 1990 Strangeways riot that caused millions of pounds of damage.
By September 2015 he’d had enough. Not seeing a riot actually happening and angered by what he saw as a lack of concern from prison staff, Horner decided a one- man rooftop protest would have to do. Scaling a fence onto the roof of E Wing, Horner spent the next 60 hours wrecking the roof, a security camera and smashing as many windows as he could reach. Having damaged £ 1 million of prison fixtures, he later received an extra nine years for his stunt.