Taken from Chapter 20 "Anyone For
Cards?" - This chapter was discussed on BBC Radio Leeds on 27
July 2006 and describes one of the beatings Michael received whilst
being made to play cards in a cell.
The exit was well and truly blocked off and other inmates from the
landing had gathered at the door to watch my punishment. I couldn’t
believe what was happening. Anyone would think that they knew I was
a policeman. I stood up and held my right fist out and braced
myself. Kirk slung the belt behind his shoulder with the buckle end
loose. This was going to do some damage. He stared into my face and
tensed up as he snatched at the belt. It slammed hard onto my
knuckles. The pain was excruciating. I pulled my hand away. It
swelled up within seconds and Kirk had drawn blood with the first
shot. I put my injured hand under my other armpit in order to try to
relieve the pain. Everyone in the room grimaced but laughed too.
Kirk gestured for me to hold my hand out again. He repeated each
strike with the same brutality, resulting in agony for me, and the
same amused merriment from the spectators. After I had taken nine
blows he allowed me to leave the room temporarily. Tears were
streaming down my face and the knuckles on my right hand had swollen
to such a degree that my finger went cold, as the circulation had
been stemmed. The whole of my hand went blue. I really thought that
I had broken bones.