A mentally-ill prisoner, who is serving 25 years for murder, interfered with the main electrical panel at the New Amsterdam Prison causing it to smoke.
Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, said the incident occurred about 18:35hrs on Saturday. It was explained that the convicted prisoner, Devon Griffith, was placed into the security block after he became aggressive with his fellow inmates, who are also mentally ill.
“Whilst in the Security Block, I am informed he bridged the electric wire that caused a feedback to a main panel; this resulted in a large amount of smoke at the pane,” Samuels explained.
Members of the Joint Services quickly responded and assessed the situation, as well as members of the Guyana Fire Service, who inspected the area. It was thereafter declared safe. The prisoner has since been relocated and is being monitored.
Griffith was sentenced to 25 years in prison in February 2018 after pleading guilty to the killing of his aunt back in 2015 at Hopetown, West Coast Berbice.
He killed Vida Britton in the course or furtherance of a sexual offence of rape. Griffith was initially indicted with murder but confessed to the lesser count of manslaughter.