An inmate won a payout after his ‘£1,500’ Christian Louboutin trainers were sent to him in jail but never reached him.
Meikel Dixon-Nash is serving 20 years after being convicted of plotting to supply a machine gun and two pistols to London gangs in July 2018.
Felon Dixon-Nash, who has a personal shopper, said his rare, blue Louboutin spiked trainers disappeared after his partner sent them to him in jail in December 2018.
Dixon-Nash, 30, told a judge the prison authorities also lost his £250 gold Nike 97 trainers and a £280 Ferragamo belt.
Ministry of Justice lawyers accepted that the two pairs of trainers never reached him in his cell but disputed the value claimed by the fashion-conscious gangster, who has “a penchant for designer goods.”
They also denied that the Ferragamo belt ever arrived at HMP Swaleside, in Kent.
But Judge Caroline Wilkinson at Central London County Court has now awarded Dixon-Nash damages in a case which cost the MoJ “several thousands” to defend.
Dixon-Nash claimed a total of over £4,500 from the MoJ – including £2,030 for his lost goods and £2,500 for the time during which he was deprived of wearing his shoes – as well as the effort he expended on his case.
“He said he had to work out how to bring his claim and spent a number of hours in the prison library working,” explained Judge Wilkinson.
He insisted that his Louboutin Louis flat spikes were brand new when sent to the prison and demanded full compensation for the £1,500 price tag.
The Nike 97 trainers had been bought for him by his personal shopper and were also in mint condition, he claimed.
Prison officials accepted that both pairs “went missing” but said there was no evidence to prove their value and said the Christian Louboutins were purple and not blue as claimed.
But the judge said Dixon-Nash, of Hackney, could be trusted to remember the right colour, given his “purported penchant for designer goods.”
“I accept that he did own a pair of Christian Louboutin trainers and that he owned these trainers at the time they were sent into the prison and unfortunately not returned to him,” the judge told the court.
“He is therefore liable to be compensated for the loss of value to him of those trainers,” she added.
But she awarded him £144, rather than £1,500, saying he had failed to prove they were box fresh.
“I find that he did own a pair but there is no evidence to show they were brand new or even new,” she added.
Dixon-Nash was awarded £95 for the loss of the Nike 97 trainers, but the judge refused to compensate him for the time spent on his case or for the belt.
The judge, describing Dixon-Nash as “polite and articulate” as he presented his arguments via a video link from jail, handed him a total of £239 damages.
The county court “small claim,” which lasted just three hours, also ended up costing the MOJ “several thousand” to defend, the court heard.
Dixon-Nash was convicted of conspiracy to transfer firearms alongside his mother, Claudette Dixon, at Wood Green Crown Court, receiving a 20-year sentence in September 2018.
The court heard he still owes £170 to the MOJ as part of his sentence.