A 45-year-old inmate died Tuesday at the prison of Longuenesse (Pas-de-Calais) following a "brawl", we learned from the firefighters. The forty-year-old was declared dead on the spot by the doctor of the Smur, according to the firefighters, called around 9:30.
The facts took place "in the cell of the aggressor detainee, in an open wing," said Amandine Decoudu, local secretary FO justice at the penitentiary center. "He strangled him with a shoelace and then slit his throat with a metal lid and a piece of glass," the unionist added. The prosecutor's office of Saint-Omer was not reachable Tuesday morning to confirm the circumstances of the tragedy.
In this part of the penitentiary center, the cells are open at 7 a.m. and then the inmates are "autonomous," said Amandine Decoudu. The deceased detainee was discovered by a guard who "found him on the ground and then managed to isolate the attacker and alert," according to the same source. "The supervisor is very shocked," she said.
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This tragedy occurred while the prison of Longuenesse is regularly under tension due to a chronic lack of staff, says La Voix du Nord. Questioned by France Bleu, the CGT denounces "a very complicated situation at the penitentiary center", and deplores "insecurity for staff and a lack of means".
According to La Voix du Nord, the Longuenesse penitentiary centre had an occupancy rate of 164.8% last October.