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Young inmate allegedly raped by HIV positive prisoner in Irish prison

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
Castlerea Prison
Castlerea Prison

A “young and vulnerable inmate” has alleged he was raped by a HIV positive prisoner in Castlerea Prison, separate sources have told The Sunday World.

The alleged attacker – whose identity and crimes cannot be revealed for legal reasons – is accused of carrying out the rape of the vulnerable inmate last month.

It’s understood that when officers went to remove the alleged attacker from his cell, he threatened them, saying: “You know I’m riddled with the virus… I’ll bite you youse f**kers.”

“These allegations are being treated extremely seriously in the prison,” a source said.

“Any allegation of rape would be thoroughly investigated as a matter of course.

“When officers went to remove the alleged perpetrator from his cell for questioning he became extremely abusive. He had to be subdued by officers in Control and Restraint gear and moved to an isolation cell.”

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service refused to confirm if they are carrying out an official probe. 

The Irish Prison Service also refused to say whether Gardaí have been notified of the allegations.

Sources say three inmates have been moved out of Castlerea in the wake of the allegations.

Two years ago, former governor of Mountjoy John Lonergan revealed how the Irish Prison Service’s policy of doubling up inmates in prison cells was perpetuating a culture of sexual abuse.

According to Mr Lonergan, the practice of ‘doubling up’ in single cells has become the “norm” in Irish prisons.

He said: “Quite a number of men and young women are being forced into a position they wouldn’t normally put themselves in. 

“Men would force themselves on other men, or women would force themselves on other women and introduce them to sexual activity that they wouldn’t normally partake in. 

“The culture of non-reporting for fear of repercussions would exacerbate the problem. It helps people to continue this culture of abuse and it is creating a lot of difficulties.

“The culture in prisons is that you don’t report this kind of thing. 

“I absolutely believe this is still going on. 

“And I am quite satisfied that the risk is very real,” he added.