Three Otago Correction Facility officers were assaulted
by an inmate yesterday morning.
Prison manager Jack Harrison confirmed an officer was taken
to Dunedin Hospital for assessment following the early
morning incident at the Milburn prison.
No weapon was involved, Mr Harrison said.
The Otago Daily Times understands the officer was knocked out
during the altercation.
A Corrections Department spokesman said the guard went home
from hospital yesterday and was off work recovering.
The department was unable to confirm the nature of the
incident, or the identity of the prisoner.
Two other officers were taken to Dunedin for medical
treatment, before being sent home.
The prisoner had been relocated to a management unit and his
security classification was being reviewed.
Police were investigating the incident.
Mr Harrison said any assault on a staff member was
Serious prisoner-on-staff assaults at the prison were rare,
Before yesterday's incident, there had been nine assaults on
prison staff by inmates since July 2013.
Seven assaults had resulted in non-serious injuries and two
had caused no injuries.
Corrections had a zero tolerance policy towards prisoner
assaults on staff and other prisoners.
To reduce assaults in 2013-14, the prison was introducing
anti-violence campaigns and a pilot prison risk assessment
tool to identify issues in prisons contributing to prisoner