Exactly two weeks after a riot and attempted jailbreak at the Golden Grove Remand Yard Prison, a second prison officer was attacked —stabbed by an inmate while on duty on Monday morning.
According to a report, at about 7 am, Prisons Officer I, Damien Allong, who has over 21 years of service, was going about the routine morning duties of opening cells individually, when the alleged unprovoked attacked by the inmates occured.
The report stated that the inmate, who had an improvised weapon, stabbed Allong several times. Allong sustained eight stab wounds—to the head, face and arms.
Allong was taken to the infirmary and then transferred to a medical facility for further treatment and observation.
Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service were called in and several charges are expected to be laid against the inmates.
In a release, acting Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan condemned the brutal attack.
Pulchan has expressed his empathy over the incident and has promised that all assistance possible would be made available to his officer, who is in a stable condition. He has also informed that the inmates were treated for the injuries received whilst attempting to disarm them.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, despite its challenges, and the current environment, continues to do all that is feasibly possible in crime prevention and the maintenance of security,” Pulchan said.
On March 18, one day after the riot at the prison, there was an attempt on the life of a prison officer assigned to the said prison.
According to a police report, at about 12.30 pm, the prison officer I was proceeding east along Warren Road, Cunupia in his vehicle—a white Nissan AD wagon when he was overtaken by a white Nissan Tiida registration number unknown. It pulled in front of his vehicle blocking his pathway, the back left door window was rolled down and the suspect pointed a gun out of the window in the officer’s direction, opening fire on the vehicle.
The prisons officer turned around his vehicle and sped off in the opposite direction, to the Cunupia Police Station where he made a report.
The officer’s car had two bullet holes on the front windshield.
Since the March 17 riot and attempted jail break several threats have been made against prison officers from the said remand yard prison.