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Female Prisoner Officer under attack

The Richmond Hill prison is home to some of the most dangerous criminals on the island

The home of a 59-year old female prison officer has come under gunfire in what is suspected to be an incident related to her workplace by criminal elements in the underworld.

A senior police officer confirmed to THE NEW TODAY that a party of police officers were dispatched to the woman’s home at Cruickshank Road, in Victoria, St Mark to investigate the incident, which occurred in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

He said that he spoke to one of the investigators who reported that the woman indicated that sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. she heard bullets being fired off but did not look out.

She said that on waking up around 6 o’clock she noticed that her vehicle and house was hit by gun shots.

A police officer who visited the scene said he noticed that the bathroom in the house and other parts of the building had bullet holes, as well as the car belonging to the prison officer.

According to a resident of the area the bullet holes are there as evidence for anyone to see what happened.

“The community heard the shooting sometime after 1:00 a.m., but didn’t venture out,” he said.

Speculation is rife in some quarters that the attack on the female prison officer could be linked to the taking away of ten cellphones from a particularly dangerous prisoner and placing him in an isolated cell.

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The incident also comes against the backdrop of reports that a major criminal figure in the Richmond Hill prison did not get the co-operation of a prison officer to help him smuggle a gun into the prison.

This prisoner, according to underworld sources, might be on the hunt for a firearm to deal with another inmate who chopped and beat him up a few weeks ago.

This inmate who is serving a lengthy prison sentence for murder is said to be running a criminal network on the island from inside the safety of the Richmond Hill prison.

Over the years, a number of rogue prison officers have been caught in the act of aiding and abetting inmates in wrongdoing, including the smuggling of drugs onto the compound for them.

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