Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ford open Jail Prison Riot: 4 Jailed

Four men have been jailed over a prison riot which saw masked inmates running amok, setting fire to buildings and overpowering guards.

Trouble flared at Ford Open Prison when inmates rebelled at alcohol breath-testing carried out by prison staff in the run-up to New Year's Day, 2011.

Shortly after midnight, masked inmates rampaged through the prison, causing damage costing £5m to put right.

Thomas Regan, 23, Lennie Franklin, 23, and Roche Allen, 25, were jailed for seven years after being found guilty of prison mutiny by a jury at Hove Crown Court.

Carniel Francis, 25, received a two-and-a-half-year sentence for violent disorder.

Lee Roberts, 41, Franklin and Allen were also found guilty of violent disorder. Regan had already pleaded guilty to the charge.

Roberts was also found guilty of arson and being reckless as to whether life was endangered. His sentencing was adjourned for reports to assess his mental health.

Ryan Martin was acquitted on all charges. Read More