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Inmate treated in hospital after Westgate brawl

A 52-year-old prisoner needed hospital treatment he was involved in a fight with another inmate during breakfast at Westgate.

The man was taken to King Edward Memorial VII Hospital for treatment after he was hit in the head and face earlier this week.

The assault took place after an argument between the two inmates when they were getting breakfast in the maximum security wing of the prison on Monday morning.

One inmate was immediately taken to the segregation unit and is expected to be charged with the offence by the Bermuda Police Service.

The second prisoner has been released from hospital and has returned to Westgate. He is also being kept separate from other inmates as he continues to be assessed by the prison medical team.

The assault comes as prison officers say they want serious regime changes to deal with a new kind of inmate population.

The Prison Officers’ Association has been in talks with Attorney General Michael Scott amid complaints of sinking morale at the “subhuman” conditions they claim they’ve been made to work in for years.

Corrections commissioner Edward Lamb said only three inmates were out of their cells at the time of the assault, including the two men involved.

He said: “The incident involved only two inmates who were arguing with one another over what, we are not certain.

“During this argument, one inmate suddenly attacked the other. The victim received facial injuries for which he received immediate medical attention.”

Colonel Lamb said the assault was “promptly and very proficiently quelled” by prison officers who immediately handcuffed the perpetrator.

He added: “The aggressor will face charges for this matter.

“At no time were any officers injured nor was their safety compromised. They performed their duties diligently and expertly.”

A Police spokesman said detectives from the Somerset Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating the incident.

Corrections commissioner Edward Lamb (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm (Updated August 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm)

Inmate treated in hospital after Westgate brawl

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