A prison officer who had part of his ear bitten off by an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward on Friday, 16 March is still recovering from his ordeal.
The incident occurred during the course of the officer’s official duties, according to Prison Director Dwight Scott.
“The officer was doing the usual walk through when the inmate indicated that he wanted to come out of his cell. However, the officer was not ready to let the inmate out of the cell and simply opened the door to see what his issue was. At that time, the officer said the inmate lifted his hand as to punch him and then moved his head toward the officer, biting off a piece of his ear in the process,” Mr. Scott said.
The director added that efforts to find the piece of ear bitten off were unsuccessful initially, “but eventually the prisoner spat out the missing section of the officer’s ear”.
Mr. Scott said doctors were unable to reattach the piece of ear due to fears of infection.
The prisoner involved in the incident is said to be a Jamaican national, who cannot be named in this article because he has not yet been charged. The primary reason for his incarceration was not immediately available.
Mr. Scott said he would provide the Caymanian Compass with that information as soon as possible.
Mr. Scott said the entire staff at the prison had been affected because the officer involved was well-liked and respected.
“This guard is someone who is very well respected and goes out of his way to assist. He works hard and so we are all saddened by this incident,” noted Mr. Scott.
“I must commend officers for the professional way in which they dealt with the inmate after what happened, only restraining him and sticking to standard procedure,” he said.