RNC charge 12 inmates for disturbance at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary

Published on June 19, 2014
Her Majesty’s Penitentiary on Forest Road in St. John’s. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) has arrested and charged 12 people in relation to three separate altercations at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) on Forest Road in St. John’s.

On June 3, around 8:20 p.m. the RNC responded to the HMP to the report of a disturbance in one of the living units that resulted in significant damage to that unit. An investigation has resulted in 12 people being charged with riot, malicious damage and various other charges.

On June 4 and again June 12, the RNC received two separate complaints of threats at HMP. Correctional officers reported to police that they were threatened by inmates. Those investigations have resulted in one inmate being charged with uttering threats for the June 4 incident and four being charged in the June 12 incident.

Five of the inmates charged with uttering threats are part of the 12 charged in the June 3 incident.

The RNC said all suspects will appear in court this afternoon.