A prison officer who was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threatening to kill is still on active duty, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said on Friday in Legislative Assembly.

Responding to questions from opposition legislator Alva Suckoo, Manderson said two prison officers face criminal charges.

One was charged with rape, and that officer has been suspended. Another officer was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill in a separate incident, and this officer is still on duty, said Manderson.

Suckoo asked whether it’s wise to have a prison officer still on duty after being charged with these offences.

Manderson replied that this person is one of two prison officers certified to train others in control and restraint techniques, and is vital to the operations at Northward.

“The prison director, who is best placed to make that call, made a judgment call that there is no risk to the organisation,” he said. “I am not in a position to second-guess that decision.”

Manderson said the on-duty prison officer should have his case heard by the end of this month.

“Obviously if he’s convicted, there will be action taken,” he added.

“The reason why I’m asking these questions is because there are concerns, and I won’t say any more,” Suckoo said in Legislative Assembly on Friday.


Editor’s note: In an earlier version of this story, the Compass inaccurately reported that a prison officer remains on duty after being charged with offences in relation to a rape allegation. The officer’s offenses, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threatening to kill, are not related to any rape allegations. This error stems from an inaccurate interpretation of statements made Friday in Legislative Assembly, when Deputy Governor Franz Manderson was asked whether there are any prison officers currently charged with criminal offenses. In response to that question, Manderson said, “One has been charged with rape, and the other has been charged with two offences arising out of the same incident: assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threatening to kill.” A Compass reporter understood this to mean that all three offenses were related to the same incident, when in fact the rape and the other two charges were from separate incidents. The Compass regrets the error.

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