Seven inmates who caused more than £50,000 of damage when trying to take control of a Rutland prison have been given sentences totalling more than 18 years.
The group, who were being held at HMP Stocken, each pleaded guilty to a charge of participating in prison mutiny at an earlier hearing and were sentenced today (Wednesday 6 April).
At around 5pm on 18 January 2020, Varldo Araujo climbed onto the safety netting on one of the landings before hitting a prison officer with a metal bar. The wing of the prison was subsequently locked down, with staff ordered to leave for their own safety.
A number of other prisoners then climbed onto the safety netting and began throwing furniture and emptying rubbish onto the landing. Liquids were also poured onto the floor to try and prevent prison officers from entering the wing, while washing machines and dryers were dragged from the laundry room and damaged. A pool table was also damaged and lights and CCTV cameras were smashed.
Eggs were also thrown at two prison officers by Araujo.
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