Jailbird puts three prison guards in hospital

Three Bruges prison guards had to be taken to hospital after they were attacked at the West Flemish penitentiary by an inmate this week.

The attack happened in the prison’s high security wing.  Incidents like this in which several guards are injured are rare because the guards receive special treatment to deal with dangerous prisoners. The prisoner, who attacked the guards, is known to be a troublesome guy.  He attacked the guards using the skills he learned as a kickboxer. One of the guards needed an operation and had to stay in hospital.  The two others have meanwhile been discharged.

Following the incident the management spoke with staff and decided to halt visits and sports activities as well as the prisoners’ walk.  The prisoners are still allowed to shower though.

Trades unions at the prison are seeking measures to prevent any repeat of the incident.