Prisoner beaten to death by inmates at Lusignan Prison

first_imgAn inmate who was on remand on a murder charge at the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, is now dead after allegedly being beaten by several prisoners.Dead is 30-year-old Shaheed Ali of Albouystown, Georgetown.Reports are that at about 22:58h on Tuesday last, Ali was in Bay One at the Lusignan Prison when several other prisoners began to beat him following a dispute.The Lusignan Prison, East Coast of DemeraraThe injured inmate was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted as a patient. However, on Friday, at about 20:50h he succumbed to his injuries at the GPHC. A report was subsequently made to the police.Guyana Times was told that Ali had undergone surgery for several injuries including a fractured skull on the day of his death.  His body is at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.Meanwhile, acting Guyana Prison Service (GPS) Director, Kevin Pilgrim when contacted on Saturday said that the incident is being investigated by the police.He explained that the protocol of any assault that occurs inside the prison which results in death stipulates that the police spearhead the investigation.“The police have been called in to the matter, in fact, when the assault took place they were notified, and now that this is a murder case it is the GPF who is leading the investigations. We at the GPS are awaiting a full report as it relates to the actors (perpetrators) who are involved in this death. The police visited the area, the holding bay at Lusignan on Friday night, and investigations are continuing,” Pilgrim told this newspaper.According to Pilgrim, the holding bay where the assault against Ali occurred is very large, with a large number of inmates. He said that the prison service has been cooperating with the investigation and has made provisions for all staff who worked during the night of the beating to be available to the police for questioning.“Even if there are 500 inmates there at Lusignan, the GPS will make each of them available to the police for the investigation process. Also, all our prison officers we will make available to the police so that this matter can be fully investigated so that we will know who needs to be charged or held accountable,” Pilgrim added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img

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