Violent young offender held four hostages
Published 29/11/2015 | 02:30
Four staff were held hostage during a two-hour stand-off with a violent 18-year-old prisoner at the State's only 'children's' detention centre, sources have told the Sunday Independent.
No official comment was available from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, which has responsibility for the Oberstown 'campus' at Lusk, north Co Dublin.
However, sources said that the incident lasted from 9.45pm to 11.45pm on Friday after the prisoner threatened staff with a metal TV bracket that he had prized off a wall and turned into a weapon.
Three female and one male staff were said to have been trapped in a room in Unit 8 of the €60m complex, which is supposed to house all offenders up to the age of 19 following the closure of the juvenile wing of Mountjoy Prison three years ago.
The prisoner involved was described as "big and very violent". He was eventually subdued and agreed to return to his room after discussions with a senior member of staff, allowing the four workers to escape without injury.
It is understood gardai were not called to the scene of the incident.
More than 30 staff have been injured this year in Oberstown.