Medical officials have treated and released a Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) inmate who said a snake bit him.
The inmate, who is in his late fifties, is serving an eight year sentence for causing death.
He is back in prison.
The inmate reported that a snake bit him on the prison grounds.
According to well informed sources, BCF officials transported the Dennery resident to the OKEU Hospital on December 9.
The sources said he had puncture marks to the hand with mild swelling.
The sources said after medical officials treated him, the swelling on his hand had improved the following day and the hospital discharged him.
It was not immediately clear whether a snake had indeed bitten the inmate.
The BCF says inmates have in the past made false claims about snake bites at the institution which is located in a snake-infested area.
An official recalled what was described as an outstanding incident about a decade ago.
According to the official, medical officials treated an inmate who complained that a snake bit him, even administering anti-venom.
However, it turned out that the inmate had lied and merely wanted a ride into Castries, apparently to break the routine of prison life.
“He could have died,” the flabbergasted official told St Lucia Times.
Headline photo caption: Prisoner in cell (Internet stock image)