23 Mar 2015

Serious assault at Hawke's Bay prison

5:52 pm on 23 March 2015

The Department of Corrections has confirmed a serious assault on a prisoner at Hawke's Bay prison.

Hawke's Bay Regional Prison manager George Massingham said a prisoner was seriously attacked by other prisoners on Saturday.

The man is in hospital in a critical condition.

Mr Massingham said the police were investigating, and he expected charges would be laid in relation to the attack.

He said the Department of Corrections had a zero tolerance policy toward prisoner assaults on staff and other prisoners.

But he said assaults do happen from time to time.