Monday 18 December 2017

Former prisoner awarded €150k over slash attack

Tim Healy

A FORMER prisoner who sued the State over an incident in which he was slashed in the face and body in an unprovoked attack by a fellow inmate ten years ago has been awarded €150,000 in damages.

Peter Creighton (34) from Clondalkin in Dublin was serving a sentence in Wheatfield Prison, Dublin, when he was attacked with a Stanley

knife on January 19, 2003.   He later needed 120 stitches for two-and-a-half feet of lacerations to his body.

The High Court heard it was a horrific attack, which occurred in a medical room where methadone was being dispensed to around 20 prisoners.

He was slashed on his face from nose to ear as well as his neck and torso.   A prison officer managed to pull him away and bring him straight to the prison surgery.

He claimed the prison and the State failed to  take reasonable precautions for his safety and not expose him to the risk of injury.

He claimed he did not know his attacker and did not know why it had happened.

He also claimed the system for bringing prisoners from the cells to receive methadone was dangerous.

The defendants denied the claims.

The case previously came before the court in 2009 when he was awarded

€40,000 over the incident after a judge found there was a was a failure on the part of the prison authorities in their duty of care particularly in the light of two attacks in the previous six months before this one.

The defendants appealed the High Court decision and, in 2010, the Supreme Court ruled the case should be re-heard.

Following a re-hearing before Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill, he was today awarded €100,000 for the injuries to his face and €50,000 for the injuries to his body.


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