Hostage traded for 2 cigarettes during HMP August riot
Inmates threatened to decapitate hostages, kill prison guards at HMP
New details of a prison riot at Her Majesty's Penitentiary last summer were revealed in Supreme Court in St. John's on Thursday, showing that inmates traded a hostage for two cigarettes before surrendering.
In August 2013, inmates took control of a cell block and threatened to kill hostages and prison guards.
Around 11 p.m. Aug. 5, five inmates entered a cell and came back out wearing masks.
One inmate smashed a microwave and kept pieces of the broken glass to use as a weapon.
The accused then tried to break down a glass partition that separated inmates from the prison guards, and repeatedly told the guards they would kill them once they got through.
They insisted they had hostages, and would cut their throats or decapitate them if police tried to intervene with the riot.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was called in to assist prison staff with the situation.
After a tense stand-off, inmates revealed they only had one hostage, who they traded for two cigarettes.
A short time later, around 4 a.m., the rioters surrendered to police.
Philip James Hollihan, Justin Owens and Justin Hopkins have all pleaded guilty to mischief. Other charges against them were dropped.
Meanwhile, fellow inmates Adam Hayden and Justin Wiseman are facing the more serious charge of kidnapping.
Both Hayden and Wiseman appeared in court Thursday afternoon, but have yet to enter pleas.
Their cases resume in court on Friday.
The accused inmates were meant to be tried together, but the legal teams changed tactics after new information was revealed.