An inmate accused of slashing a guard’s throat at Manitoba’s Stony Mountain Institution on Wednesday has a long history of violence behind bars, according to the union that represents staff at the prison.
James Bloomfield of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers said the guard was asking the accused to return to his cell when the inmate suddenly jumped at him, allegedly slashing him across the neck with a homemade knife.
“It was a simple, blind attack directed toward the officer and intended to kill,” Bloomfield told 680 CJOB on Thursday morning.
Bloomfield said the injured guard was attended to by medical staff at the prison before being airlifted by STARS air ambulance to hospital in Winnipeg.
He said the guard has since been released from hospital and is recovering at home.
In a release on Thursday, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) said a guard was assaulted around 6:30 p.m. in Stony Mountain’s structured intervention unit (SIU) but didn’t confirm the officer’s injuries.
Accused has history of violence, union says
Bloomfield said the SIU is an area that houses “problematic inmates” at the federal multi-security prison. He said the inmate had been moved to the unit after previous assaults against officers.
He said the inmate, who hasn’t been named, has a long history of violence within the federal prison system, including having time added to his sentence for threatening staff at a prison in another province.
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