Punch-up in Polmont YOI sees prisoner put to work

CCTV footage captured the moment a punch was thrown as prisoners were heading back to their cells at Polmont Young Offenders Institution.

By Herald Reporter
Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 1:06 pm

Appearing from custody at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, Michael Sweeney (20) admitted the assault he committed and threatening behaviour at the YOI on May 5 last year.

Collette Fallon, procurator fiscal depute, said: “It was 3.20pm and prison officers were on duty and in the process of returning prisoners to their cells following recreation period.

“Officers saw the accused and another person involved in a fight with another prisoner. Prison CCTV footage was reviewed and showed Sweeney punching the complainer in the head.”

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The court heard Sweeney had been remanded for 21 days for the offence.

Sheriff Christopher Shead placed Sweeney, 9 Katrine Crescent, Kirkcaldy, on a community payback order with the condition he complete 120 hours unpaid work within six months.