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Female prisoner survives being stabbed seven times

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer
Fort Augusta Correctional Centre on South Camp Road in Kingston.

A probe is under way into the circumstances that led to the stabbing of a woman inside the Fort Augusta Correctional Centre on South Camp Road in Kingston yesterday.

Luckily, she survived the attack, reportedly carried out by a fellow inmate, who inside sources say "has a bad temper".

Allegedly, the victim, who was being housed in the awaiting-trial section of the prison, was stabbed about seven times in the back and side while she slept. She was taken to hospital for treatment. It is uncertain what was used to inflict the wounds.

According to a source from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), who requested not to be named, there was no known issue between both women prior to the incident.

"She (the victim) was discovered around 4:20 a.m. The officer at the front gate received a call that someone was bleeding in the awaiting-trial area. The medical orderly was also there. They opened the cell and found that the woman was, in fact, bleeding. The orderly immediately began giving medical help," said the source.

"The woman alleged to have committed the act is housed with the other. Both of them, until the time of the incident, had been cohabiting without issue."

A video posted on Facebook live yesterday showed a number of inmates, who shared the same cell with both women, decrying the incident.

According to the source from the DCS, a separate probe will be launched into the origin of the "illegal" video as no inmate should have had access to a recording device.

On the video, one of the disgruntled inmates expressed concern that "dem seh she nuffi supposed to live inna the population, and dem put her inna the population fi live wid wi like them want she stab and kill wi inna prison. It naa go suh."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com