Inmate suffers broken arm after beating by Prison Officer
A convicted prisoner at the Camp Street jail is nursing a broken left arm, compliments of an overzealous prison officer.
Dwayne Harris, who is serving time for armed robbery, was beaten with a piece of wood by the officer during a minor confrontation in the prison yard last Sunday.
To compound matters, his hand was only placed in a cast yesterday after it was observed that Harris’ injury was worsening.
Speaking with this newspaper yesterday at the Georgetown Hospital, Harris explained that on Sunday, last, a prisoner’s request to use the toilet was denied by an officer. The prisoner he said protested and refused to go back to his cell as he was instructed to do by the officer.
This angered the officer, who used his whistle to alert other guards to the situation.
According to Harris, he was standing outside his cell when the other guards, using batons, pounced upon a group of inmates including him.
He was initially struck on his finger and when he complained to a senior prison official, no satisfaction was given. In fact he was struck again by one of the guards, this time the blow shattered his elbow.
He said that it was a cadet officer who actually “rescued” him and took him to the infirmary to be treated.
But apart from a few pain tablets, Harris said he received no further treatment from the prison medex who told him that he had not suffered any serious injury. But days went by and the discomfort worsened.
Harris was taken to the hospital on Wednesday where his injured arm was x-rayed. But prison officials did not tell him about the results.
Yesterday, the arm began showing signs of being infected forcing prison authorities to take him back to the hospital where he was finally informed that he had a broken elbow.
“De prison ain’t paying no attention to we in deh when we get injure or sick. Imagine I had to beg them fuh some pain tablets this afternoon,” Harris told this newspaper.
Several prisoners have complained about the lack of or limited medical attention they receive in prison.
In some cases some have died, allegedly as a result of inadequate medical attention.