Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Battered warder was 'trapped by key chain'

A prison warder beaten unconscious by a UDA inmate was trapped by his own key chain.

A prison warder beaten unconscious by a UDA inmate was trapped by his own key chain.

Loyalist George Shaw battered two officers with a chair leg during an assault in Maghaberry last week.

One of the warders was trapped by his key chain as Shaw rained blows on him.

"The officer who unlocked the cell was in effect held in position as Shaw battered him because his key was still in the lock in the cell door and he was attached to it by the chain from his waist, so he couldn't escape," a fellow officer revealed.

Shaw used two pillows to make it appear he was either sleeping or ill in his bed before slamming the heavy cell door, trapping the warder against the wall.

Shaw (42), who describes himself as a Free Presbyterian, was sentenced to seven years in 2002 for possessing explosives.

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