Eight men deny HMP Stocken mutiny charge

HMP Stocken
Image caption One prison officer was injured in the trouble at HMP Stocken

Eight men charged over disorder that led to riot squads being called into a prison, have pleaded not guilty.

A prison officer was injured after trouble broke out at HMP Stocken in Rutland, on 14 June last year, which also involved bins being set alight.

Ten men were collectively charged with prison mutiny.

Andrew Neale, 45, of HMP Peterborough, pleaded guilty while Matthew Hutchinson, 39, of HMP Nottingham, is yet to enter a plea.

Eight of the accused 10, who appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday, are serving prisoners.

'Serious indiscipline'

They are:

  • Steven Walker, 36, Michael Blackborow, 33, Bradley Whelan, 24, and Matthew Hutchinson, 39, all of HMP Nottingham
  • Daniel Dobb, 29, Wayne Eccles, 37 and Nathan Gordon, 24, all of HMP Ranby
  • Andrew Neale, 45, of HMP Peterborough

Two ex-inmates - Brendan Carey, 39, of Cathwaite, Paston, Peterborough, and Jamie Hill, 35, of Westwick Drive, Lincoln - were bailed after denying the charge.

The eight are due to go on trial at Leicester Crown Court, on 31 October.

Neale is expected to be sentenced following the conclusion of the trial.

At the time, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said about 60 prisoners were involved in a "serious incident of indiscipline".

All 120 prisoners on a wing had to be moved to other parts of the jail or other prisons.

Specially-trained prison officers were called in before the situation was brought under control in the early hours of 15 June.

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