Friday 23 March 2018

Man dies in prison stabbing after row with fellow inmate over TV remote control

The man received emergency medical treatment at the scene.
The man received emergency medical treatment at the scene.
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MAN has died following a stabbing in Cork Prison after a row with a fellow inmate over a TV remote control.

The man (41) suffered fatal chest and throat injuries after apparently being slashed with a home-made blade.

Tragically, the man - who was serving a sentence for theft - was scheduled to be released in a matter of weeks having completed his sentence at Cork Prison.

He was attacked by a fellow inmate following an apparent dispute over a remote control for a TV.

The incident, which occurred shortly after 5pm near the prison kitchens, was immediately stopped by Prison Service staff but not before the man had sustained critical injuries.

The entire incident lasted only a matter of seconds.

Emergency medical treatment was provided for the injured inmate at the scene.

However, he is understood to have died before he could be transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The man suffered from a significant chest injury as well as major blood loss.

An investigation is now underway into the incident by both Gardai and Irish Prison Service officials.

The other inmate involved, a man in his 20s, has been moved to a secure holding cell.

The prisoner suspected of being behind the attack has a history of violence and is serving a sentence for a serious assault.

One of his previous offences included an assault with a weapon.

The man is described as being extremely volatile.

A number of other inmates witnessed the fatal attack.

Statements are now being taken from the prisoners at the scene and from Prison Service staff who intervened in the matter.

The deceased was described by sources as "a model prisoner."

He received a prison sentence in 2011 for a series of thefts related to personal problems.

A full post mortem examination will be carried out today (Sunday) by the State Pathologist at CUH.

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