Man arrested for raping a two-week-old baby was battered by fellow inmate inside Maghaberry prison

The accused was cornered by a fellow prisoner before being brutally punched and kicked several times


                            Man arrested for raping a two-week-old baby was battered by fellow inmate inside Maghaberry prison

A 25-year-old inmate had to be rushed to the hospital after he was battered inside a prison for raping a two-week-old baby. The man was allegedly cornered by a fellow prisoner before being severely beaten up by multiple inmates. 

The prisoner was immediately moved from a single cell after the brutal incident, which took place at Bann House last weekend in Maghaberry, one of the Northern Ireland's most secure prisons. According to The Irish Sun, he was kept in a single cell due to already serious concerns for his well being. The sex offender is moved to a secure unit at the prison facility's hospital. Meanwhile, the fellow prisoner who perpetrated the assault is reportedly stripped of his job privilege as a prison orderly. Authorities told The Irish Sun: “It was a few digs, just for a few seconds. Then there was some panic and staff moved in to sort it out.”

The incident took place last weekend at Bann House in one of Northern Ireland's most secure prisons, Maghaberry. (Twitter)
The incident took place last weekend at Bann House in one of Northern Ireland's most secure prisons, Maghaberry. (Twitter)

According to reports, the 25-year-old was arrested hours after the PSNI learned of an alleged sex attack on a 12-day-old infant in the Annalong area of Co Down. On September 29, he was subsequently charged with rape and with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the toddler.

According to the newspaper, the Stormont Department of Justice decided against revealing any further information on the attack in Maghaberry after considering a request for comment for 24 hours. The prison is yet to address concerns that it failed in a duty to protect the inmate from harm. In a conversation with the outlet, Paul Campbell, the alleged rapist's solicitor, said, “I can’t talk about any of my clients’ business without their express authority.”

Bann House is known to hold general, non-paramilitary inmates and remand prisoners and the place where inductions take place for newly arrived criminals. Authorities offer extra protection to incoming prisoners who are seen as vulnerable and the existing inmates are routinely on suicide watch.

Ever since his arrest, the accused has been subjected to a series of online threats, prompting the PSNI to urge people not to identify the man on social media. A bail application for the alleged baby rapist was withdrawn at the Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The criminal cannot be named for the sake of protecting the child's identity.

Prosecution informed the court that it would oppose a bail application from the offender, who appeared in court via video-link from Maghaberry and confirmed his name. As the accused was remanded back into custody, District Judge Eamonn King adjourned his case to November 7.