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INMATE: RIOT DID SCREWS A 'FAVOUR'.

Byline: DARREN BOYLE

A PRISONER involved in the Mountjoy riot has claimed they did officers "a favour" because the officers would "clean up" on overtime.

The criminal said he and his fellow inmates were rebelling against a hardline regime which has virtually cut off the drugs supply.

The lag, claiming he was speaking on a mobile from inside the Victorian facility, said: "We did the screws a favour by rioting because they will clean up on overtime. I was on the roof in 1993 and after that they all made a fortune. I was moved down to Cork after that one. I had the b******s kicked off me after that one.

"They'll never be able to stop all the drugs or phones from getting into the prison. We want more drugs and we want to be treated like humans."

Three officers were injured during the riot on Thursday when almost 80 men from A wing refused to return to their cells.

A fight broke out inside a recreation area and a prison officer was hit with a pool ball. A second warder was battered with a cue while a third suffered back injuries. "Unbreakable" goal posts were also dismantled for weapons.

The prisoner added: "We are all going to be brought up in front of the governor on Monday. But things are a lot calmer here today. We are not on lockdown."

A group of thugs tried to take one warder hostage before they barricaded themselves into a yard.

As soon as the riot erupted, prison chiefs made an emergency call for reinforcements and within half an hour 130 prison officials equipped with riot gear were ready to advance upon the mob.

CCTV footage from the jail is being examined in a bid to identify the ring-leaders.

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Date:Oct 17, 2010
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