North East UK news Prison officer awarded £125,000 after witnessing inmate's disembowelment MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Alan Johnson, 59, has been handed a £125,000 payout after he saw the aftermath of a brutal jail killing
Breaking News ! A prison officer who was left "haunted" after seeing a paedophile disembowelled in a cell at HMP Frankland, Durham, has been awarded a £125,000 payout. Alan Johnson, 59, was diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing the horrific aftermath of the murder of paedophile Mitchell Harrison, 23, at the Brasside prison in October 2011. Harrison was serving an indeterminate sentence of at least four-and-a-half years after being convicted in 2010 of raping a 13-year-old girl whom he lured back to his flat in Kendal, Cumbria. Harrison’s neck had been cut with a plastic scalpel and his stomach had been opened by lifers Michael Parr, 32, and Nathan Mann, 23. The officer at the Durham prison suffered from flashbacks, anxiety, lost sleep and depression following the incident. Employment Judge Garnon ruled Prison Service governors, line managers and HR had, “written him off because that was the easiest option for them”, the Mirror Online reports. At a North Shields tribunal, Mr Johnson won a claim for harassment while trying to return to work, with a payout to be announced. Read More Related Articles An attempted murderer, perverts and thugs among the 17 criminals locked up in July Read More Related Articles Sunderland hooligan who attacked police officer during London protest jailed His earlier civil claim against the Prison Service resulted in the £125,000 settlement. When contacted after the ruling, Mr Johnson declined to comment. Following Harrison's murder several members of staff at Frankland were given time off to recover from the psychological trauma.
. “Clearly, it has been a horrific time for staff. “Unfortunately, prison officers at high security jails like Frankland are subject to trauma on a daily basis.
“What the public don’t know is that prisoners often try to commit suicide or self-harm. Prison officers regularly save the life of these prisoners, which is in itself a traumatic experience. “So we not only protect the prisoners, but we have to protect ourselves as well. Prison officers are always in the firing line. “Prison officers deal with these people on a daily basis and we don’t get a second thought from the public because everything we do is behind closed doors. It really is an impossible job.”
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