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William Irwin represents Ministry of Justice in claim by prison officer taken hostage by prisoner

26th July 2019

William Irwin successfully represented the Ministry of Justice in a claim brought by a former prison officer who was taken hostage by a prisoner at HMP Woodhill.

The Claimant suffered psychiatric injuries following an incident in 2013 when she was taken hostage by a prisoner who claimed to be in possession of an improvised weapon. The incident lasted for 10 minutes.

The Claimant’s claim for £350,000 in damages was dismissed by HHJ Saunders sitting at Central London County Court. He found that the Claimant had failed to demonstrate that the prisoner who took her hostage represented a particular risk or merited particular measures being taken to control him.

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Year of Call: 2010