An inmate is seriously ill in hospital following a stabbing at the country’s most notorious cell-block this week.
The prisoner was allegedly attacked by a Black Power member on Tuesday, inside the maximum security unit known as “D Block” in Auckland Prison at Paremoremo.
Police are understood to be treating the case as an attempted murder.
D Block is home to some of the country’s most high-profile offenders, including murderers William Bell and Graeme Burton. It is also home to prison “lawyer” Arthur Taylor.
In an email from Taylor today, he claimed an offender was seriously ill in hospital after being stabbed multiple times by another inmate.
A second inmate was also stabbed but was not in hospital, Taylor said.
He said prison authorities had D block in lockdown for 24 hours uwhilst cells were searched for evidence.
Taylor said there had been a rising air of tension for many months over perceived worsening prison conditions in the unit, “which had now spilled over into violence”.
He said adding to the tensions were the smoking ban , the withdrawal of outdoor exercise over summer for D Block inmates and the loss of their laundry facilities within the last two months.
Auckland Prison manager Thomas Sherlock confirmed the incident. He said officers had responded and "immediately contained" the incident. No staff were injured.
He said the injured prisoner's family had been notified.
Police were investigating the incident.
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