Alerted by screams of alarm from inmates, warders at the New Amsterdam Prison managed to thwart attempts by a mentally ill manslaughter convict to start a fire in his cell.
The incident occurred at around 19.00 hrs yesterday.
An official said that the inmate, Devon Griffith, 30, tampered with an electrical fitting in a fitting in a security block in which he was the lone inmate.
Kaieteur News understands that other inmates observed smoke emanating from the cell. Their shouts alerted prison warders who quickly removed Griffith.
He is being confined to another area.
Prison Director Gladwin Samuels said that Griffith was isolated from other mentally ill prisoners after he displayed signs of aggression.
Griffith, called ‘Elephant’ and ‘Two Kick’ of Cemetery Road, Hopetown Village, was given a 25-year manslaughter sentence in January, 2018, for raping and killing his great-aunt, Vaulda Britton called ‘Auntie Vaulda’ 78.
He was initially charged for murder in connection with the October 2015 incident.
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