A man accused of raping a two-week-old baby was left needing hospital treatment after he was attacked by another inmate inside prison.
The 25-year-old was cornered in by a fellow inmate before he was punched and kicked repeatedly. The victim was being held at Bann House in Maghaberry prison, one of the most secure prisons in the country, when the incident occurred last weekend.
He was being kept there under 24-hour protection due to serious concerns for his safety.
The victim was being held at Bann House in Maghaberry prison, one of the most secure prisons in the country, when the incident occurred last weekend
But he has since been moved to an even more secure unit at the jail’s hospital. The inmate accused of attacking the 25-year-old has had his privileges stripped, the Irish Sun reports.
A source told the paper: ‘It was a few digs, just for a few seconds. Then there was some panic and staff moved in to sort it out.’ The 25-year-old has been charged with rape and with causing grievous bodily harm of the 12-day old baby in the Annalong area of Co Down on September 29.
The baby is said to still be fighting for life in the paediatric unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The baby is said to still be fighting for life in the paediatric unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (Picture: Google)
The Stormont Department of Justice has reportedly denied commenting on the attack in the prison. The accused’s lawyer Paul Campbell told the paper: ‘I can’t talk about any of my clients’ business without their express authority.’ Inmates held at Bann House are often on suicide watch and are given extra protection. Since his arrest, the accused has received numerous online threats.
An initial application for bail was denied at Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday but defence lawyers have said they will submit another one at a later date. The case has been adjourned until November 7 and the accused has been remanded back into custody.