April 27, 2020

Assault and battery claim against prison officers: QXO v Corrective Services

Overcrowding creates unsafe prison environmentsCorrective Services officers assault and batter a prisoner

The Plaintiff was a prisoner being held in prison serving a term of imprisonment. After finishing his shift work, the Plaintiff made his way to his pod, as he did so a prison officer stopped the Plaintiff and had a brief interaction. The Plaintiff made a statement to the effect that he would be speaking to the area’s manager to make a complaint.

When he returned to see the area manger, a number of prison officers were waiting for him. The Plaintiff was punched, pushed and verbally abused by the officers. Several of the officers blocked the doorway so nobody could see in. The Plaintiff was both shaken and injured.

The Plaintiff eventually crawled away and went back to his pod.

We sue Corrective Services and they settle in favour of our client

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors subsequently commenced civil proceedings against the State for assault and battery by the prison officers. The matter was settled between the parties resulting in a favorable outcome for the Plaintiff.

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