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This prison inmate is literally eating his jail cell

The damage he has done to his body is so severe that he has been to hospital two dozen times
The damage he has done to his body is so severe that he has been to hospital two dozen times

A prison inmate in the United States has started literally eating his cell and pretty much anything dangerous he can ingest.

Lamont Cathey (17) - who was detained in Chicago's Cook County Jail after he was arrested 16 months ago for robbing a pizzeria - has swallowed objects including screws, needles, thumbtacks, strips of leather and on one occasion parts of a medical device.

The damage he has done to his body is so severe that he has been to hospital two dozen times, costing the jail more than $1 million.

The jail's executive director, Cara Smith, told the Chicago Tribune: "This case to me is a perfect example of the failure of the criminal justice system... It's been a crushingly sad and very frustrating case."