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probe underway Inmate in intensive care after suspected drug-induced collapse during fight with prison staff

The minor criminal is not known for violence but had been acting erratically towards other inmates earlier that day, sources said.

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The Midlands Prison

The Midlands Prison

The Midlands Prison

A PRISONER is in intensive care after a suspected drug-induced collapse during an altercation with prison staff in hospital.

The inmate at the Midlands Prison had been brought under escort to the nearby Portlaoise General Hospital this week, according to Sunday World sources.

The man suffered a possible heart attack after becoming violent with prison staff as he awaited treatment for minor injuries.

The minor criminal is not known for violence but had been acting erratically towards other inmates earlier that day, sources added.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed an incident occurred last Monday “involving a prisoner who was being escorted by prison staff to hospital as a result of suspected drug ingestion.”

“The prisoner became aggressive towards hospital and prison staff which necessitated the need for him to be restrained by prison staff in line with control and restraint procedures.”

“The Irish Prison Service is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the use of force, in line with its policy and procedures.”

The most recent figures released by the IPS revealed prison staff were obliged to use restraint techniques 138 times in 2019.

The number doesn’t include 123 incidents recorded as assaults on staff, while 180 incidents of injury on duty suffered by officer were reported in the same year.

There were also 452 incidents of violence against prisoners committed by other prisoners in 2019.



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