Wednesday 18 October 2017

Prison officers deny hurting murder suspect

Margaret Davis London

Prison officers "strenuously deny any wrongdoing" after Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo lost two teeth when he was restrained in jail.

The 28-year-old was injured at high-security Belmarsh prison in south-east London on Wednesday, where he is being held on suspicion of murdering soldier Lee Rigby.

Yesterday, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) hit out at the UK justice ministry, claiming it had done "little to avoid sensationalist reporting" of what happened. The trade union said: "The POA are aware of an incident that took place on Wednesday, July 17, which involved a prisoner being subjected to restraint using approved techniques called control and restraint."

It said it would fully co-operate with any police investigation, and expected the officers to be "fully exonerated".

Mr Adebolajo is accused together with Michael Adebowale (22) of hacking Fusilier Rigby to death near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London on May 22. The pair are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on November 18.

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