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Former prisoner claims impotence, sues government

Published:Monday | December 28, 2015 | 12:34 PMBarbara Gayle

The Supreme Court has started hearing a lawsuit brought by a former prisoner who is suing the government for negligence on the grounds that the action of correctional officers left him impotent.

Forty-six year-old labourer, Rupert Campbell, is claiming that on February 21, 2006, while he was an inmate at St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, he had a seizure and was given medication by correctional staff.

Campbell is further claiming that after taking the medication he developed persistent and painful erections.

He says he complained to correctional officers and made repeated requests to be taken to the hospital.

But he says no immediate steps were taken to take him there. 

The former inmate claims that five days later, on February 26, he was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital and he had to be immediately transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital where an emergency surgery was performed.

Campbell says he’s now impotent and the condition has been caused by the negligence of the correctional personnel who gave him inappropriate medication.

The Attorney General (AG), who is the defendant in the suit, has denied the allegations.

In its defence filed in response to the suit, the AG says the drug administered to Campbell does not cause erections.

It is contending that at all material time, correctional officers discharged their duty of care to Campbell.

The matter has been adjourned to early in the new year after Attorney-at-Law, Ian Davis, asked for time to submit further medical evidence.

The suit is being heard by Justice Kissock Laing.