May 2021

Evil Carlos Racitalal back in court for brutal attack on prison guard

A prisoner serving life for a series of unprovoked and random attacks on the streets of Leicester has been back in court for attacking an officer at Strangeways prison.

Carlos Racitalal, 34, was convicted of attempting to murder two children and two adults in the Belgrave area of Leicester.

During those attacks, he slashed the throat of a ten-year-old boy, stabbed an elderly man and a mum with a buggy repeatedly in their heads and ran down a five year old girl with his car.

He has now admitted the brutal attack of a female prison officer, who a court heard he targeted because she was the ‘smallest and most defenceless’ victim he could find, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Racitalal had been for a shower and was cleaning his cell, before he walked out onto a landing at the prison on June 22 last year.

He then moved towards the prison officer, who had not previously had any problems with him, and she believed he was going to ask her a question.

But he then suddenly began punching her ‘with great force’ on her face and head, prosecutor Betsy Hindle told Manchester Crown Court.

The officer fell to her knees, Racitalal kicked her to her ribs and her colleagues rushed in to restrain him.

His victim suffered bruises and swelling as well as minor hearing loss, which may remain with her for the rest of her life. The court heard her ordeal has affected her confidence.

The officer said: “In the past I would go out of my way to help prisoners, but now I only tend to do what is required of me.”

Racitalal admitted he had ‘anger issues’ when he was interviewed about the incident and said he attacked the officer because she was ‘the smallest and most defenceless’.

Recorder Sarah Johnston said: “It was an explosion of gross and wholly unnecessary violence.

“You have a very long time to make amends for your offending, and demonstrate this behaviour is not to be repeated.”

Racitalal, who said said to be ’embarrassed and ashamed’ for his actions, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker.

He was jailed for 21 years and 259 days in November for the attacks in Leicester, which were committed in January last year.

During the trial, the jury heard how Racitalal he deliberately drove his car at five-year-old girl in the car park at Asda, in Exploration Drive, off Abbey Lane, Leicester on Thursday January 2.

On Tuesday, January 14, he stabbed a mother in the head as she was walking along Doncaster Road with her six-year-old son, pushing her three-year-old child in a buggy.

Two days later, he attacked a man in his 70’s in Dean Road, targeting the man’s head with a series of blows.

On Saturday January 18, a mother was parking her car while her 10-year-old son was on the pavement, at just after 5pm.

Racitalal approached, put one hand on the boys shoulder and slashed his neck

In mitigation for the prison attack, Shaun Esprit said the attack at the prison would present ‘another hurdle’ for Racitalal, in eventually trying to persuade the Parole Board he is safe to be released.

He will now be in his mid 50s before his case is even considered.