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Female guard beaten in new prison attack

TT/Rebecca Martin · 23 Nov 2011, 16:43

Published: 23 Nov 2011 16:43 GMT+01:00

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”She was able to speak and was conscious when she was taken to hospital,” Ulf Lindgren, head of information at the Stockholm county police, said to news agency TT.

The woman, reportedly in her mid-sixties, sustained injuries to the face and was taken to hospital after being attacked by a violent prisoner, brought in earlier in the day.

The woman was employed by an external security company, responsible for guarding prisoners in the holding cells.

She was subjected to punches and was kicked in the face several times, according to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

According to the paper, the man had been brought in after going berserk on his family and it had taken six guards to restrain him at the time

Later, around 11am, the 65-year-old guard let him out of the cell to visit the bathroom.

”Then he jumped her and started beating her up badly, ” a police source revealed to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Two female officers and a lawyer, who were interrogating another prisoner in an adjacent room heard the commotion.

When the two officers tried to restrain the man, they too were subjected to punches to the face and body.

”Then a man came running and after him came more officers. Then it all stopped,” the source told DN.

”The sad thing is that he was brought in by six officers but that it was one guard, a woman, who let him out.”

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However, according to Lindgren, there were others nearby for a reason.

”There were other staff, police officers, in the holding area, and they were able to stop the fight quickly,” he said to DN.

After the incident, officers from the south Stockholm police have been in talks regarding their own safety, as the incident made clear that a situation similar to that when a female prison guard recently was beaten to death by a prisoner could occur on their own premises.

The man is being held in the detention centre pending investigation. The female guard was taken to the nearby Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, south of the capital.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:31 November 23, 2011 by jmclewis
65 a bit old to be a guard.
17:50 November 23, 2011 by calebian22
No matter the age it is stupid to have women guarding men.
21:24 November 23, 2011 by KseniiaB
@calebian22 Would agree on that. No equality policy can change the physical difference between men and women! It's a fact - usually men are much stronger.. Still wondering why it can be understand by "the system"...

And this: "The sad thing is that he was brought in by six officers but that it was one guard, a woman, who let him out."

It's not only a "sad thing", it's also kind of stupidity and negligence.
23:15 November 23, 2011 by wxman
calebian22 said it all quite succinctly. No elaboration required.
01:42 November 24, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
If equality is the prize, them let women guard men and men guard women.

And then there are strip searches!

Would women criminals demand to be searched by women guards?

That would not be considered as equality...would it?

If so where is the equality???

I think that men are just as capable of performing strip searches on women, as women are capable of the same searches on male prisoners.

What say you???? LOL
08:08 November 24, 2011 by karex
I'm not so convinced that the same thing wouldn't have happened to a male guard. And no, I am not a feminist. It's just obvious that if it took 6 people to restrain the prisoner the first time, having one person in charge is ridiculous. What is missing is proper training of the police and security guards in general. I have heard that some police officers don't even know how to handle their weapons properly.

About 12 years ago there was also a case when a rather large man invavded an apartment and tried to beat up his small and dainty ex-girlfriend after she left him. Bad choice: the man ended up in the hospital - his ex was a black-belt in karate...
10:51 November 24, 2011 by Central European
kAREX : I ´d agree with you BUT ...

The problem of this inccident has a visible sign in sentence :

When the TWO OTHER FEMALE officers tried to restrain the man to beat female guardian, they TOO were subjected to punches to the face and body.

So what we see ? Two females are not able to help one other female and stop the violence.... they definetly were not a black belt on karate, were they ?
15:28 November 24, 2011 by karex
@central european

Precisely my point: not enough training in hand-to-hand combat or anything else which would be useful in such a situation. 6 people to restrain the first time - 3 trying the seond time...
10:19 November 25, 2011 by Central European
Karex :

well in previous article, couple of mth ago, was a woman guard even killed and her female "helpers" disarmed and seriosly wounded by one man.

So I say if in two attack of one man are seriously wounded 2 and killed 1 woman there is not necessity of combat training but simply rethink idea of woman guardians in man prisons or make condition there more unhuman and use some handcuffs etc , which I guess is not the swedish way?
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