Scissor used in Prison brawl

A brawl at the Tanumalala Prison landed five prisoners at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Moto’otua, on Tuesday.

The Commissioner of Police, Prison and Correction Services, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, confirmed the brawl, saying that an improvised weapon had been used in the scuffle. 

“We confiscated a scissor that was used in the prisoners’ fight," said the Commissioner.

"Four prisoners are back at the prison after they were treated for injuries. One prisoner remains at the hospital for further observation."

According to Fuiavaili’ili, the prisoners involved in the incident are from a different cell block.

They were not among the group that participated in the recent mass breakout, involving more than 30 prisoners.

“There are so many issues at the prison," the Commissioner said. "As I said before, we are inheriting the prison and its many problems. Some explosive stuff going on at the prison."

The Commissioner did not say what those "explosive" stuff were.

The brawl comes a week after Samoa’s biggest mass prison breakout which led to the resignation of the Prisons Commissioner, Taitosaua Edward Winterstein, and the return of the prison's management to the Commissioner of Police. 

In the meantime, the Minister of Police, Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said that Police Superintendent, Soloi Iosefa had been appointed by the Commissioner to oversee the operation at Tanumalala prison. 

“At the moment we are trying to work on the framework structure for the Prison to appoint a Deputy Commissioner that will report directly to the Commissioner; but Soloi is the [Police] Commissioner’s Delegate that is manning the prison at the time," the Minister said. 

Tialavea confirmed the Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to examine how the prisoners managed to escape last Monday. 




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