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Inmate gets 37 stitches after second attack in a year at Horizon

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:30 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A man arrested on rape charges at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston has been attacked by inmates for a second time in less than a year, in what his attorney and family say was in full view of prison authorities.

Majorie Jones said she was informed that her son, Carey Rose, was slashed in the face and ribs with a surgical blade by two other prisoners last Monday.

Jones said as a result of the attack, her son received a total of 37 stitches.

Attorney-at-law Hugh Thompson, who is representing Rose, said he was informed of the attack by prison officials when he turned up at court to represent Rose.

"When I enquired as to his whereabouts, I was told that he was stabbed by a fellow inmate and was taken to the hospital," Thompson revealed.

He said the Independent Commission of Investigations has informed him that a probe is now underway into the incident.

The attorney also confirmed that his client was severely beaten at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre last August.

Jones said as a result of the first attack, her son lost sight in his right eye, suffered a fractured skull, a broken left leg and punctured left ear drum.

"I fear for his life. I don’t want to get a call that he is dead. My concern is that it’s a pattern and no justice is being done to him," she insisted.

Jones also blasted prison officials and investigators, saying the second attack should not have been allowed to take place and questioned why no one was arrested, despite reports that they attacks happened in full view of staffers.

The Commissioner of Corrections Ian Hunter-Fairweather could not be immediately contacted for a response.