Bathurst Jail inmate taken to hospital following stabbing

BATHURST Jail’s troubled year continued on Thursday when an inmate was stabbed.

A Corrective Services NSW spokesperson said the altercation that led to the stabbing would be investigated. 

“A 25-year-old was taken to hospital after he was stabbed at Bathurst Correctional Centre this afternoon,” the spokesperson said. “He is in a stable condition.

“Three other inmates were treated at the scene for minor injuries.” 

The spokesperson said police had been notified. 

The stabbing is the second major incident at the jail in just over three months.

The jail was put in lockdown in early January amid fears of a riot after an incident involving two inmates, one of whom repeatedly struck a Corrective Services officer in the head. 

Shadow Minister for Corrections Guy Zangari said at the time that tensions at the Bathurst Jail were at an all-time high.

“Between Christmas and new year there were five assaults at the jail in six days, and [January 3’s] riot shows the violence is escalating,” he said.