Two prison inmates who strangled a convicted child-killer from Huddersfield in his cell at a maximum security prison are due to be sentenced.

Gary Smith and Lee Newell were both already serving life sentences for murder when they tied up and throttled Subhan Anwar earlier this year.

Smith, 48, and Newell, 44, were convicted of murdering Anwar by a jury last week following a two-week trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Jurors heard how Smith calmly made Newell a cup of hot chocolate - even sweetening it with icing sugar - during a stand-off with prison staff after Anwar, 24, was strangled with his own tracksuit bottoms.

The killers also stole personal items, including prayer beads, a watch and an earring, after choking Anwar to death inside his cell at HMP Long Lartin in south Worcestershire on February 14.

Subhan Anwar, who murdered Sanam Navsarka in Huddersfield
Subhan Anwar, who murdered Sanam Navsarka in Huddersfield
 


Anwar, from Huddersfield, was also serving a life term for murder, having been convicted of killing his partner's two-year-old daughter in 2008.

Anwar was jailed for a minimum of 23 years for the murder of Sanam Navsarka at her home in Riddings Road, Deighton in 2008.


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Newell, originally from Norwich, was jailed at the city's Crown Court in 1989 for murdering his neighbour, 56-year-old Mary Neal.

Mrs Neal, who was also strangled, was found dead at her home in March 1988 after Newell had fled to Jersey.

Smith, then of Anchor Street, Belgrave, Leicester, was jailed in 1999 for murdering 22-year-old Ali Hassan, whose naked body was thrown into a quarry at Swithland Woods, Leicestershire.

Smith chose to remain in the cells at Nottingham Crown Court in April 1999 as he was ordered to serve at least 18 years for Mr Hassan's murder.

The victim, who Smith believed to be a police informer, was stabbed and struck about the head with a hammer in a "brutal and premeditated" attack.

Both men will be sentenced for Anwar's murder by Mr Justice Baker this morning.