People have reacted with outrage after it was revealed that a former prisoner with a violent past was awarded nearly £4,000 in compensation after his cell light went out.
Kevin Manley, 39, was last month awarded £3,750 damages after a county court judge concluded prison operators G4S had taken too long to fix the problem after a power cut at Parc Prison in Bridgend.
Manley tripped over a slipper in the dark and banged his head on a cupboard when he got up to go to the toilet on January 4, 2013.
The politician said: “I think it’s outrageous that people could do this.
“There’s an easy way to stop it. Put the money from prisoners who get compensation for anything that’s happened to them in prison in a third party account, an escrow, and then contact their victims. Give the money to them.
“People who commit these awful offences are able to get all this money but what happens to the victims?
“They don’t see any of the money and should be able to sue the prisoners. I’ve proposed it to ministers.
“It would shut down these prisoners.”
On Facebook many could not believe the decision to pay Manley compensation.
Lilian Russell thought he should have been told to be more careful, saying: “Shouldn’t have got a penny, can we all get compo if there is a power cut now.”
Another wrote: “Pathetic!! He’s locked up for cruelty to a child yet he gets compo for bumping his head? This world is crazy!”
Other people thought that the public should have a say as to whether prisoners were compensated.
Sue Phillips said: “If compensation comes out of the public purse maybe the public should decide if it is awarded.”
Several people agreed with David Davies’ idea that prisoners should have to pay compensation to their victims.
Janet Roberts asked: “How much compensation did his victims have?”
Geraint Handley suggested: “All of that pay out should go to his female victims.”
Others thought that prisoners should be paying for their own upkeep rather than the taxpayer.
Lynda Abbott Evans said: “The question I ask is who left the slipper there to trip over?
“This is the person whom should be responsible and the person whom should pay for the medical care administered, not reward a prisoner for his own clumsiness out of the public purse.”
However, Ade Jones pointed out: “The application of the tort of negligence is not affected by the personal circumstances of the claimant.
“Whilst incarcerated they have the same basic right to expect a given standard of care as anyone else, no matter what led them to be banged up in the first instance.”