Prison officer's charge withdrawn

Disciplinary proceedings were held at prison, Crown confirms

Prison officer Cohen St. Hugh Daley appeared in Summary Court on Thursday, when a charge of common assault against him was withdrawn by the Crown. 

The officer had been accused of throwing water on an inmate at the prison on March 3 this year. 

Senior Crown counsel Tricia Hutchinson explained to Chief Magistrate Nova Hall the reason for not continuing with the case. She said when the file about the matter was first sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the file was without some statements. At the time, the DPP was not aware of an internal hearing at the prison about the matter. 

The Crown was now aware of disciplinary proceedings and was of the view that they were a satisfactory way of dealing with the matter. The Crown was withdrawing the charge, with the result that the disciplinary ruling will take effect. 

“We believe it is no longer in the public interest to proceed with the criminal charge,” Ms. Hutchinson concluded. 

With the charge withdrawn, the magistrate formally discharged the defendant.