Prison Service escapes liability!

Posted: 31st May 2012

A claim that the escape of a prisoner caused three prison warders to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder was rejected by the High Court.
The prisoner escaped after he faked illness that had led to an ambulance being called. In the ambulance were two masked accomplices, one of whom was armed and threatened the prison officers.
The officers claimed damages, alleging that the prisoner should have been on the escape list and that the decision by the prison doctor to call an ambulance for the prisoner was taken negligently. They alleged that the Prison Service had failed in its duty to take reasonable care to provide a safe working environment.