Man charged with rape of two-week-old baby 'punched and kicked by fellow inmate'
A man accused of raping a two-week-old baby was hospitalised after a fellow inmate reportedly beat him up, Mirror reported.
The 25-year-old man, who for legal reasons cannot be named, was punched and kicked by another prisoner at HMP Maghaberry, Lisburn, Northern ireland a number of times, the Irish Sun reports.
The man had already been locked up in a single cell amid fears for his welfare.
He has now been moved to a secure unit in the prison’s hospital after the alleged attack.
The man is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-day-old baby (Image: PA)
The inmate suspected of attacking the man has been stripped of his privileges, the paper reports.
“It was a few digs, just for a few seconds. Then there was some panic and staff moved in to sort it out,” a source told the paper.
The accused is alleged to have raped a 12-day-old baby.
It was reported earlier this week the baby remains in intensive care following the alleged incident in Co Down on September 29.
The newborn is understood to have received treatment at the paediatric intensive care unit in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The man has been charged with rape and grievous bodily harm after the baby was left in a serious condition.
News of him being attacked comes after reports last week that he is being guarded round the clock in a bid to stop other prisoners from attacking him.
The defendant has been deemed a ‘Special Person At Risk’ and had therefore already been put in a secure unit away from terrorists, murderers, violent thugs and gangsters, The Sun reported last week.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying: "Feelings are extremely high, both inside and outside the prison.
"I would be pretty sure that if any other prisoners got near him they would lynch him, such is the outrage being expressed by inmates on the landings."
The man on Wednesday appeared via video-link at Newry Magistrates Court and spoke just to give his his name.
He was then remanded in custody and is due back in court on November 7.