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Prison attack sparked over accusations of 'screwdriver robbery' of inmate's mother

Midlands Prison, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Midlands Prison, Portlaoise, Co Laois

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 that the attack victim 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".