Prison chief denies beating but inmate’s mother sticking to her guns
Superintendent of Prisons Colonel John Nurse has responded to claims by a Christ Church mother that her son, who is an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, was severely beaten this week by prison wardens.
Nurse said following checks with his officers, he was satisfied that no such incident occurred at the St Philip jail and that no report was made by 26-year-old Jamar Polin, who is serving time for theft.
“We have no such information, not even from the man himself,” Colonel Nurse told Barbados TODAY.
However, the inmate’s mother, Elfreda “Lily” Polin, is insisting that the prison chief is in the dark and has called on Colonel Nurse to speak to her son directly.
“My son told me the Superintendent John Nurse does not know anything. They won’t allow him to talk to nobody. He told me today that his neck hurting him, that he waiting to go to the doctor. If he [Nurse] ain’t get to hear, he should go and find out and talk with the boy because he [Jamar] ask them to hear him and they would not allow him to hear him,” Polin said.
“I get a call saying that my son was beaten,” she insisted.
She also said that she had tried contacting the prison chief herself but to no avail.
“I called the Monday night, I ask to speak to the Superintendent, but they put me on to the shift leader and nobody has called me and told me anything.
“A fella came home [from prison] on Tuesday and he told me that my son was on the same block as him, a block with over 16 men . . . and these two wardens come a grabble up the boy.”
Polin now intends to seek legal advice on how to move forward on the matter.
“I will go tomorrow to talk to some person,” she told Barbados TODAY.