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Prison mutiny – five sentenced to six years

February 22, 2013, 3:49 pm

Five people have been sentenced to a total of six years today, Thursday 21 February, following a prison mutiny at HMP, Warren Hill, Hollesley.

Suffolk Police were alerted to the disturbance at the Young Offenders Institution (YOI), which started at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 2nd November 2010 and asked to assist with security surrounding the outer perimeter of the prison.

The mutiny happened when up to 50 prisoners refused to return to their cells after a dispute during evening lock up.

Additional prison officers were drafted in from around the country to assist with the outbreak, which finally ended at 5am the following day.

As a result of the prisoners actions a number of prison officers were injured and two of the units in the YOI suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Due to the excellent work by police and prison officers none of the young offenders escaped during the mutiny.

At Ipswich Crown Court today, sentencing was granted as follows:

James Walsh aged 19 years and formerly from Redcar was sentenced to two years in a YOI;

Daniel Davis, aged 18 years from Osborne Road, London was sentenced to 16 months in a YOI;

Korie Hassan, aged 20 years from Windsor Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey was sentenced to 16 months in a YOI;

Hussein Abukah, aged 20 years formerly from London was sentenced to 16 months years.

All four had been found guilty of prison mutiny; and

Ricardo Bartholomew-Clarke, 17 years of no fixed abode who was found guilty of violent disorder was sentenced to 8 months detention and training order.

A full investigation into the incident was carried out by the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team; Detective Inspector Kevin Hayward from the team commented after sentencing, he said: “This was a long drawn out investigation, not least elongated due to the fact that following the mutiny, the people involved were moved to prisons around the country. Each of these people had to be spoken to and statements taken to establish exactly what happened on the night.

“Considerable damage had taken place at two of the units, with water damage, graffiti and general criminal damage. Coupled with this there was considerable cost incurred with locks having to be changed throughout the two units.

“We have worked closely with the Prison Service and Crown Prosecution Service to secure these convictions of the five involved and we welcome the sentences passed in court today.”

Warren Hill Governor Bev Bevan said:

“Thanks to the professionalism of the prison officers involved in this disturbance, there was no risk to the public and the injuries sustained were minor.

“Incidents like this are rare but we are determined that when they do happen we will work with the police to bring those involved to justice.”

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