High risk inmate stabbed

| 05/09/2014

(CNS): Two category ‘A’ prisoners, inmates described by the prison system as high risk, were involved in what appears to be a jail house fight on Tuesday night in which one of the prisoners was rushed to hospital. Although the prison has not said how the incident happened, the director has confirmed that the altercation occurred in the high risk unit but was not gang related. The authorities have not detailed the weapon used in the fight but the injured prisoner was said to be seriously wounded and the matter is now under investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Officers had provided on site first aid until the injured prisoner was taken to hospital under high security. 

After he received treatment he was returned to HMP Northward and Prison Director Neil Lavis confirmed that he is now doing well.

Although prisons around the world are often violent places, HMP Northward does not have a reputation for excessive violence, and while incidents occur from time to time, they are less frequent than in many other jail houses. However, the inmate is understood to have been stabbed, which means that the prison will need to answer questions over how a high risk inmate was able to either procure or make some kind of weapon, especially in the unit where there are inmates from rival gangs.

The director stated that this incident was not gang related, though the police have recently indicated that they are aware through their intelligence that the gang tensions in West Bay have escalated recently. With the prison's ongoing battle with contraband, including smart phones, gang members are still able to communicate, despite their incarceration.

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  1. Give us the facts says:

    This is supposedly the most secure part of the prison. It would look like a break down in security. Saying what happens sometimes does not explain the lapse in security. What ofthe report or investigation carried out at Fairbanks, with the hot water thrown on he young woman. The marl road have it that the place is loaded with drugs and fueling a lot of fight.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thinks are moving forward in the prison very nicely, unfortunately it's full of inmates so we will always get senseless acts happening I guess,  

  3. Anonyanmous says:

    You reap what you sow….

  4. Anonymous says:

    PRIVATIZE THE PRISON and turn it into a labor camp!  That will get the airport fixed up and the cruise port done in a couple years!

    • Anonymous says:

      Now THAT'S a fantastic idea! Yes, going this way the people will no longer have to pay for these selfish animals to be housed and fed!


  5. Anonymous says:

    You said that this incident happened on tuesday night…… What are the prisioners doing out of their cells at night?  I thought that they are in the High risk unit,so what are they doing out at night. I dont understand how they could get out of their cells.

  6. Anonymous says:

    who cares……

  7. Anonymous says:

    And if Jesus had taken approach, he might be alive today and we would be the "God Fearing Countty" that we lie to God and say we are! Have the noticed the frequency of earthquakes? God is speaking to us and telling us Hurrican Ivan "sister' might need to pay us a visit.

  8. Brain says:

    I do hope they are okay……


  9. Just Sayin' says:

    Arm them all and let natural selection run its course.

    • Anonymous says:

      So the most hardened, dangerous criminals survive? 

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes! Last man standing. Make it a paid local reality show. And each are provided weapons. You still think there will be anyone left? 

  10. Anonymous says:

    According to other news reports, the attacked prisoner was a serial rapist.  Is anybody shedding a tear about this attack on him?  Anybody??

    Didn't think so.

    Let this be a lesson to you would-be criminals.  This is your future if you decide to rob, rape, steal and attack your fellow Caymanians!

  11. Anonymous says:

    So bringing in a foreigner from the UK to run the prison does not stop this sort of thing happening? My goodness!

    • Anonymous says:

      I blame the status grants.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bringing in the Avengers and having the Incredible Hulk on guard would not stop this hapenning bo bo.

      A weapon can be anything from a stick, a stone, a screwdriver, razor and of course a knife, people can be very creative with idle hands, it's not the foreigners fault for that now is it.