10 Aug 2022

Inmate threw urine over Midlands Prison guard


Inmate threw urine over Midlands Prison guard

An inmate of the Midlands Prison has been given an additional two-month sentence for throwing a bottle of urine over a prison officer.

Before last week's district court was Richard McCann (32), with an address at Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, charged with assault.

Garda Erica Sweetman gave evidence that on December 27, 2017, at the Midlands Prison, a prison officer was on duty when the accused threw a bottle of what was suspected to be urine over him and said “you English bastard”.

The accused then lay down with his hands behind his back.

Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said the accused is currently serving a sentence with a release date of 2019.

Concerning the offence, Mr Fitzgerald said the accused had been involved in a disciplinary matter the day before the incident and was met with more resistance than he expected.

The accused lost his privileges inside the prison for 56 days after this offence and was willing to pay compensation through his family.

Defence also said the accused claimed the bottle contained MiWadi lemonade.

However, Garda Sweetman restated that it was believed to have been urine.

Judge Catherine Staines said that the job of a prison officer is very difficult and the only way it can work is if people respect the officers and do what they’re told, otherwise the system collapses.

Judge Staines imposed a two-month sentence, to run consecutive to the sentence already being served.

Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.

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