MURDER accused PC Glenden Seepaul complained in court yesterday that he was beaten by masked prison officers while in custody at the Maximum Security Prison (MSP) in Arouca.
Seepaul was the second policeman to make allegations against prison officers before a magistrate in recent times.
Two weeks ago, police detective Darwin Ghouralal, who is charged with the murder of seven-year-old Daniel Guerra, said he was stabbed in the stomach after he was taken from a protected area by a prison officer and placed with the general population at the MSP.
Seepaul, who held a rag to his face prior to his court appearance yesterday, asked to be taken for medical attention.
But Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan said it was out of his hands as he could not order that Seepaul be taken to hospital.
Police prosecutor Ramdath Phillip told the court arrangements will be made to take the prisoner for treatment.
Phillip also said Seepaul will be taken to the police station to make a report of the alleged incident.
"This is the second time I am getting this from a police officer," Rambachan noted.
State attorney Sarah De Silva said her colleague, attorney Stacy Lalloo-Chung, had spoken to Seepaul's lawyer on the issue.
The defence attorney was absent for his client's court appearance as he was said to be before another court yesterday.
De Silva also said the State had filed and exchanged with the defence 28 statements in the case.
Rambachan adjourned the matter to October 29.
Seepaul has been charged by Acting Insp Kirk Griffith with murdering 38-year-old Donald "Donny" Brooks.
Brooks, a father of five, was shot twice in the head at his Aganasia Drive, Orchid Gardens, Pleasantville, home last June.