Prisoner in van rammed in attempted breakout sues over injuries (via Irish Times)

Darren Winters alleges prison staff were brought to hospital by ambulance but he was not allowed see a doctor

A prisoner who was travelling in a prison van that was rammed in an attempted breakout last month is suing the State, alleging he did not receive proper medical treatment.

On June 15th, a prison van was transporting inmates from a court sitting in Co Monaghan to Wheatfield Prison when it was struck from behind by a gold BMW X5, bearing false number plates.

Gardaí believe the incident, which occurred N2 at Kilcrow, Clontribbet, in Co Monaghan, was an attempt by a criminal gang to free one of the prisoners being transported in the van. However the masked occupants of the car aborted their plan after hitting the van. The car, which had been stolen before the breakout attempt, was found burnt out a short time later.

The incident left both prison staff and prisoners with injuries. This week one of the prisoners, Darren Winters, was granted leave to take a judicial review against the Irish Prison Service (IPS) and the State after he alleged they had failed to properly treat his injuries.

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