Custody Officer Bitten by Asylum Seeker Wins Compensation

Posted: 12th June 2011

A former custody officer who was attacked by an HIV positive asylum seeker has won more than £100,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement.
Barbara-Ann Ennis, who had previously served with the Army in Bosnia and Iraq, was bitten on the face by Sylvia Fileingoshisho, who was being moved from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre to Gatwick Airport. It emerged that Ms Fileingoshisho had bitten another officer a few days earlier. However, owing to an error on the part of Ms Ennis’s employer, G4S Ltd., she had not been made aware of the earlier incident.
Ms Ennis was traumatised by the attack. She had to wait six months before doctors were able to confirm that she had not been infected HIV and required three operations on her face. She has been treated for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and was forced to give up her job on account of her physical and psychiatric injuries.
G4S declined to comment on the compensation award but issued a statement saying that the safety and security of its employees and those within its care is paramount to its operations and that it has reviewed the recommendations made following an investigation into the incident and incorporated those which are appropriate.
Ms Fileingoshisho was jailed for three years and then deported.
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