Five men in court today over jail damage

SAINT JOHN – Five men charged with causing more than $300,000 damage to the Saint John Regional Correction Centre during a riot in January 2010 are scheduled to stand trial today.

Luke Banks, 25, Kayne Crothers, 25, Terrence Keleher, 23, Michael MacKinnon, 29, and Charles Ross, 27, each face two indictable charges of mischief causing damage over $5,000.

On Jan. 9, 2010, the jail on Old Black River Road was locked down for more than nine hours as several prisoners went on a rampage causing damage in a 24-cell unit of the facility. Damage to the jail included destruction of furniture, sinks and toilets, as well as to the lights, wiring and wallboard.

A small fire discovered around noon that day was quickly put out by the Saint John Fire Department, which was on standby during the disturbance.

According to officials there were 16 inmates in the 24-cell unit at the time of the riot.

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