AN INMATE appeared in court yesterday charged with taking part in the mass prisoners’ protest at Birmingham’s privately run Winson Green jail last month.
Ross Queen, 30, faces two charges of prison mutiny and one of taking a photograph without authorisation after allegedly posing in a riot helmet for a picture alongside another prisoner.
The two offences of prison mutiny allege that the defendant was involved in conduct with one or more other prisoners intending “to further a common purpose of overthrowing lawful authority.”
The 12-hour-long riot involving 200 men, which occurred on December 16, was regarded as the worst disturbance in the prison system since those at Strangeways in 1990.
It saw inmates in the prison run by privateers G4S take over several wings of the building. G4S handed over control of the jail to the Ministry of Justice during the riots, while specialist Tornado squads had to be sent in to enforce control.
Mr Queen, from Birmingham, indicated through his solicitor that he would plead not guilty to the charges.