Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Prison bosses get a roasting

Murderers and rapists will be among the lags feasting on public-funded Christmas dinners and selection boxes again this year.

Spouse killers including dentist Colin Howell and ‘Black Widow’ Julie McGinley are among Northern Ireland’s 1,500 inmates set to stuff themselves with turkey, pud and mince pies.

And despite the rest of the recession-hit province being forced to cut costs, jailbirds at all three of Northern Ireland’s prisons will get further seasonal spreads on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Prisoners will be given treats including selection boxes, sweets and free phone credits this year. One jail insider grumbled: “Prison wardens are being turned into Santa’s little helpers. It’s only a matter of time before wardens will be lighting prisoners cigars and tucking chocolates under their pillows.”

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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