Wednesday 28 September 2016

WATCH: Terrifying moment inmate attacks guard in Mountjoy and urges other prisoners to join in

David Kearns

Published 22/11/2015 | 10:40

Shocking footage has been released of a violent attack on a prison officer by inmates at Mountjoy Prison

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CCTV captured the moment when passing prisoner grabs a sweeping brush from a cleaner and immediately lunges for a nearby guard.

Striking the officer repeatedly with the handle of the brush, the prisoner calls on others to join in on the unprovoked attack.

It only takes a few seconds however before he is tackled by other guards.

As the officers lead the attacker away, a second inmate picks up the end of the brush and tosses it at those dragging the first prisoner away – striking one of the prison officers in the back of the head.

The shocking scenes feature in the third episode of TV3′s series on the prison, The Joy.

Guards rush to tackle the inmate following the attack
Guards rush to tackle the inmate following the attack

Commenting on the incident while watching video of the altercation, Chief Officer Paul Burke said: “[The first prisoner] takes the brush off the cleaner on the landing and immediately goes at staff.    

“It could have developed, it’s just that other prisoners didn’t get involved even though the first prisoner, that started the whole incident, was calling for other prisoners to get involved.

Adding: “It could have turned very nasty very quick.”

Also featuring in this week’s episode is CCTV footage of blatant drug smuggling at the prison.

A scene from 'The Joy' allegedly showing a drug exchange between an inmate and a visitor
A scene from 'The Joy' allegedly showing a drug exchange between an inmate and a visitor
Scenes from 'The Joy'
Scenes from 'The Joy'
Scenes from 'The Joy'

One shot shows a person throwing a parcel of drugs over the prison walls and into the yard, where it is lifted by a prisoner and quickly spirited away.

An officer looking at the scene says the prisoner will most likely, “put [the drugs] up his rear passage”.

“He’ll then take it out later on and distribute it.”

The third episode of ‘The Joy’ airs on TV3 Monday night at 10pm.

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