Prisoner, warder stabbed at Timehri jail

A remanded prisoner was stabbed eight times during an attack by a fellow inmate at the Timehri Prison yesterday morning.

Additionally, a prison officer who attempted to intervene was also stabbed by the assailant, who is said to be a convicted murderer.

The Guyana Prison Service and the Guyana Police Force are investigating the attack.

According to a press statement released by acting Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels, the incident occurred at about 8.55 am on Saturday.

It said based on information received from the Officer in Charge of the prison, the wounded prisoner, who is currently on remand, had threatened a prison officer on Friday and had also disturbed the other prisoners by kicking against a steel door during the course of the night.

As a result, in the morning, the murder convict attacked him with an improvised weapon, stabbing him eight times about the body.

Samuels also noted that three officers attempted to part the altercation, resulting in one of the officers being stabbed twice to his arm and temple.

Both injured persons are receiving medical attention while the matter has engaged the attention of both police and prison officers, he added.

When contacted, Samuels declined to disclose the identities of the attacker and two victims as well as to give an update on their condition.  

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