Prisoner loses €38k claim for injuries suffered in riot

A 28-year-old Dublin prisoner, who claimed he was assaulted by a riot squad during an incident at Mountjoy Prison in October 2010, has lost a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court.

Jonathan Grimes, of Rutland St Lower, Dublin, claimed he was beaten repeatedly with batons while the squad tried to regain order in the prison exercise yard during what was described as a “very severe and extreme” situation after a prison officer was assaulted.

Judge John Hannan yesterday heard Grimes, who was serving an assault sentence and is now detained in Mountjoy for an unrelated matter, had not been involved in the incident.

Grimes alleged he was assaulted by the riot squad as he was being pushed alongside other prisoners, while he was in a squatting position with his hands over his head. He claimed he was beaten on his head and body.

Grimes sued the Governor of Mountjoy Prison, the director of the Irish Prison Service, and the State for personal injuries. The defendants denied liability.

Judge Hannan said a very serious situation was dealt with in a very efficient manner.

He said that although he understood Mr Grimes’ position, who was not at fault and had suffered minor injuries in a “terrifying experience,” he had to dismiss his claim. He made no order regarding costs.


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