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Friday 15 December 2017

Prisoner attacked fellow inmate following accusations of 'screwdriver robbery on wheelchair-bound mother'

Prison officer slashed with homemade knife during attack

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co Laois Photo: Collins
The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co Laois Photo: Collins

Cathal McMahon and Conor Feehan

A prison officer was slashed with a homemade knife after coming to the rescue of an inmate during a revenge attack.

The attack took place shortly after 7pm at Portlaoise maximum security prison on Friday.

The brave officer came between a criminal carrying a shiv and his intended target during an altercation on the C2 landing.

The officer was slashed across the hands and lower arms while intervening in the attack.

It is understood the attacker targeted a fellow prisoner following accusations he had robbed his wheelchair-bound mother by holding a screwdriver to her throat.

Prison management were aware of the previous incident since the accused arrived on a transfer from Castlerea at lunchtime yesterday.

The prison officer is currently in hospital in Portlaoise receiving treatment.

Sources said the prisoner's life "was saved by the quick and brave actions of the officer".

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