Update: Prison officer started fight, says T&T Prison Service
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Update July 4, 2019, 3:15 pm:
The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service has retracted and revised a statement regarding a chopping incident which left a prison officer seriously injured.
In a revised statement issued Thursday, the Prison Service said the initial information received was inaccurate and misleading as video footage showed the prison officer allegedly issuing the initial blow.
"It was initially stated that Prisons Officer I #4579, Darren Mohan was brutally attacked and slashed while at a recreational facility in Felicity.
"However, in the continuing investigation, evidence in the form of video footage has been retrieved. Contrary to an initial statement, the footage clearly shows Officer Mohan, striking the first blow, following an exchange of words outside the establishment. This led to a physical fight and it was during this fight that he was slashed."
"As a result of the aforementioned, we hereby retract our initial statement," the Prison Service said.
Commissioner of Prisons(Ag), Mr Dane Clarke and President of the Prisons Officers' Association, Ceron Richards, both expressed their embarrassment at the situation and are working together to deal with the consequences of the Officer's misleading statement.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service wishes to convey to the public that Officer Mohan's action is now the subject of a Police investigation and an internal Prison Inquiry to determine the circumstances of the incident, the outcome of which will ascertain any culpability for breaches in law that may or may not warrant criminal prosecution and or disciplinary action."
"We extend our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may have been caused," the Prison Service said.
A prison officer was warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex up to Thursday morning following an attack on Wednesday afternoon.
Police were told that the victim, Prisons Officer #4579, Darren Mohan, was at a bar in Petersfield, Chaguanas around 5:30 pm when he was approached by a man.
The man allegedly pulled out a cutlass and chopped the prison officer about the upper torso, face, shoulder and forearm.
The attacker then fled the scene.
The police and paramedics were notified and the injured man was rushed for emergency surgery at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.
His condition is said to be serious.
The suspect, from initial reports, is believed to be a former prisoner.
Acting Commissioner of Prisons, Dane Clarke, condemned the brutal attack in a statement issued Thursday.
Mohan served as a prison officer for approximately five years, the statement said.
Clarke expressed sorrow over the incident and promised that his office would provide all the necessary assistance.
He also advised officers to always be aware of their surroundings and continue to exercise extreme caution when on and off duty.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, despite its challenges, continues to do its part in crime prevention and maintenance of security," the statement ended.
More on this as it becomes available.