A court date has yet to be set for an inmate who beat a fellow inmate into a coma because of the possibility the injured man’s condition could worsen and more serious charges laid.
On July 10, police said their investigation showed a 24-year-old man had been punched in the head by a 19-year-old man, causing him to fall to the ground at the Brandon Correctional Centre.
Once on the ground, the younger prisoner kicked the victim in the head.
“There has been no change in his condition since we laid the charges,” Const. Trevor Robins said, adding that setting a court date has been put off in case the victim’s conditions deteriorates.
The victim is still in a coma in a Winnipeg hospital. He was not medically induced into a coma, but suffered the injury as a direct result of the blows.
Police previously said that his injuries also included lacerations or gashes. No weapons were believed to have been involved in the assault, which happened in a subunit of the jail.
“There could be more serious charges laid,” Robins said.
The incident is still under investigation and Robins wouldn’t reveal the motive for the attack.
However, gang affiliation hasn’t been ruled out for both men.
Brandon Police Service is called to the jail occasionally for violent crimes, according to Robins.
“This doesn’t happen often but it isn’t rare either.”
The medium-security BCC has a capacity of 252 inmates, but at the time of the attack it was crowded with a population of 317.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice said an internal review of the incident is already underway, something that is “standard response to these types of incidents.”
“The safety and security of employees and inmates is a priority for all of Manitoba’s correctional facilities,” the spokeswoman said. “Security features within the building, appropriate staffing and the placement of inmates are all used to help minimize the risk of these types of incidents.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 25, 2014