Suffolk: Young offenders sentenced for prison disturbance

21/02/2013

Five young offenders have been sentenced for their part in a disturbance at HMP Warren Hill Young Offender Institution in Hollesley Bay, near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, Grace Ononiwu, said:

"Four of the defendants took part in an action that was designed to overthrow lawful authority in a young offenders' institution, while a fifth admitted violent disorder. The prosecution had built a strong case using CCTV evidence and eye witness accounts, and the guilty pleas on the part of all the defendants reflect that.

"Staff working in young offender institutions, and the young people that are detained there, need to be confident they are in a secure and safe environment and the sentences today reflect the importance of maintaining law and order in such places."

James Walsh, Korie Hassan, Hussein Abukar and Daniel Davis admitted prison mutiny on 2 November, 2010. Today at Ipswich Crown Court, Walsh was sentenced to two years' imprisonment; Hassan was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment; Abukar was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment. Davis, who also admitted violent disorder, was sentenced to 16 months' imprisonment. The fifth defendant, Ricardo Bartholomew-Clarke, was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment for violent disorder.

The court was told that a disturbance in one unit had been started by a small number of detainees, but it spread and some detainees took control of the communal area and staircases. A second unit was overrun but the incident was eventually contained early the next morning.