Westgate Correctional Facility

The Ministry of National Security has confirmed that a corrections officer was assaulted by an inmate at Bermuda’s maximum security prison on New Year’s Day.

The officer sustained minor injuries – the “inmate involved in the assault was moved to Disciplinary Segregation”.

A spokesperson said the incident occurred while the officer was in the process of executing his duties.

“As a result of the assault, the duress system was activated and the staff responded as per normal protocol.

“The officer involved received minor injuries and was attended to by Corrections Health Services staff as a precautionary measure.

“The matter is now under police investigation and it is expected the inmate will be charged in due course.”

In two unrelated emergencies at Westgate, the spokesperson added: “The first, on 31 December 2019 involved an inmate falling ill, and the second, on 1 January 2020, involved an inmate being found in an unresponsive state.

“Staff responded as per normal protocol to both incidents, and the inmates were transported to KEMH for treatment where their condition remains stable.”