What is going on in HMP Swansea is outrageous. The authorities have been told over and over about the chronic persecution and victimisation Maurice, 69, has to suffer yet they do nothing at all.
Maurice’s sister writes today, Sunday 2 Nov, =
“It is clear that the staff in Swansea Gaol have been given orders to completely ignore requests from Maurice Kirk. This will have been done by MAPPA via the ‘governor’ in charge of security Andy Phillips who accused Maurice of assaulting him from his almost defunct wheelchair. Maurice was aware that at least two CCTV cameras would have recorded the event but this evidence was never used.
Adjudication was booked for last Monday (27th October) but the chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board was in and spoke with Maurice so it was delayed to allow Maurice to get a lawyer. Despite phone numbers supplied the Prison (MAPPA) refused to allow him to make a call to a lawyer. The Wednesday was fixed for a hearing but again the IMB member was available; it was delayed again so witnesses could be identified. On Friday it was suddenly called when there was no independent witness (IMB report of Swansea for Yr 2012/13 mentions that frequently adjudications were held without them because of short notice). An internal governor was the adjudicator,(Jaeger). Maurice was denied access to a lawyer, CCTV evidence and the witness he wanted to call was called by the Prison to sing lies on their behalf having changed his story. (He was a prison officer who had told Maurice that he had not been aware at the time that an assault had taken place even though he was feet away!) This was because no assault DID TAKE PLACE. Now Maurice is on the lowest level of ‘privileges’; access only to £4 a week canteen money (stamps, pens, paper, envelopes), reduced time of free association, access to cd’s etc etc, a situation he never climbed out of at HMP Cardiff.
This is all to blacken his Parole Hearing as they have no grounds to keep him locked up as admitted by members of Probation (also under MAPPA)
Now, despite hours of agony during the day (it was only in the middle of the night before) and lying on the floor of his cell as he was unable to get on his bed, no medical help is ever summoned. The chaplain is told ‘porkies’ when he enquires after Maurice’s health. If you have had bad stomach cramps you know that one minute you are writhing in agony and the next the pain has gone and you can get on with your life with just the exhaustion of it all lingering on. You can imagine the fatigue Maurice feels after three hours curled up on the floor. Maurice had to pay a fellow prisoner to alert me to the situation as no-one would come to his aid.”
Please scroll down or look in the archives on the right for more articles about the outrageous happenings in HMP Swansea, and earlier in HMP Cardiff, Mauriice has had to endure. Maurice’s site is http://www.kirkflyingvet.com