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Prisoners riot at Westmoreland police lockup
2013-10-30 17:28:48 | (0 Comments)
Carrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
The Westmoreland police is to request that dozens of murder cases be transferred to the Home Circuit Court following a riot yesterday by 72 prisoners at the Savanna-la-Mar lockup.
Commanding officer for the parish, Superintendent Carol McKenzie, said the riot took place shortly before midday following a stabbing incident.
He said all the prisoners were accused murderers held in a cell built to accommodate 45.
The senior cop explained that at around 10 a.m., a man who was placed with the prisoners was stabbed in the eye.
He said after the incident, the inmates started shaking the grilles, beating the walls and damaged the lock effectively barricading themselves in the cell.
The cop said the prisoners later started a fire, after which the local fire brigade and other emergency services were called in.
Superintendent McKenzie said when the police finally got access to the cell, the prisoners pelted them with bricks that fell from the structure.
Twenty prisoners received various injuries.
Five were treated at hospital and released while two are still being treated.
Superintendent McKenzie said four policemen received minor injuries.
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