Close to a dozen prison officers were injured during a riot at the Remand Yard at the Golden Grove Prison, Arouca this afternoon.
Reports indicate that an agency came to the prison to conduct periodic spraying for vermin and other insects at the facility.
We were told, remandees of the North Wing were taken into the exercise yard to allow for cells to be sprayed when officers of the prison service's, emergency response unit decided to conducted an impromptu search.
This appeared to have angered inmates who then began rioting in the airing yard.
All visits to prison facilities across the country have been suspended on Tuesday to allow prison officers to attend the funeral service of murdered acting Supt Wayne Jackson, according to a statement from the Prison Service.
Jackson, 50, 0f Malabar, Arima was shot dead a week ago as he arrived home.
Two suspects have been arrested and remain in police custody.
A prison officer with over 22 years of service has been arrested at the Golden Grove Prison after being found with contraband items.
The arrest took place around 10:35 Thursday morning.
A statement by the Prisons Service says information reaching the Office of the Commissioner of Prisons indicates that a random search was performed on the officer by a senior member of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service.
The officer was found to be in possession of several packets of sealed cigarettes as well as 50 packets of ‘Bambu’ wrapping paper.
A woman and her husband who stole a security camera system because the wife “liked it” and she is often alone home were each jailed for nine months yesterday.
Mala Rampersad-Deonarine, 46, a geriatric nurse and Neil Deonarine, 49, a labourer, of Carat Hill, Barrackpore, were caught red-handed stealing the camera system, three ladies’ vest and a men’s short pants, together valued at $2,794.75 from PriceSmart Ltd, in La Romaine.