A convicted prisoner and a prison officer were both injured during a fight between two prisoners on Wednesday at the New Amsterdam Prison.
According to information, around 06:15 hrs a fight broke out between convicted prisoner Chris Rampersaud, a former taxi driver who is serving a two-year sentence for waiting to commit a felony (break and enter and larceny), and one-time partner-in-crime, Desmond Isaacs, 22, who is on remand for robbery under arms for which the two are jointly charged.
The fracas occurred during the unlocking period in which the prisoners are allowed time to do house cleaning. It was reported that Isaacs accosted his one-time buddy and struck him to the head with a piece of iron.
During the melee, prison officer Tony Lewis rushed to part the two men and was injured on the left arm.
The two injured men were taken to the New Amsterdam hospital where they were treated and sent away. The police are investigating.
Rampersaud, who has been described as a career thief and court regular, was jailed in his absence and had an arrest warrant issued for him. Rampersaud and Isaacs were accused of robbing Edward Taylor on September 12, 2010. Rampersaud who was on the run was subsequently arrested in Georgetown.
During his sentencing he told the court that he was not aware that he had to attend court since he was away working in the city.
Meanwhile, a press release from the Guyana Prison Service said that, during a confrontation in which they sought to represent a fellow inmate, two other prisoners, Sebastian Plato and Andy Adams, were assaulted by three others.
They were referred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where Adams was treated and sent back to the prison. Plato, who was rendered unconscious due to an injury to the head, was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for further evaluation and treatment.
The police are investigating the incidents as criminal acts and the accused inmates are currently isolated from the general population.
The Administration of the Prison Service stated that notwithstanding these occurrences, the facility remains relatively calm.
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