Injured Stanford back in prison after jailhouse brawl

TEXAS, United States, September 28, 2009 – Sir Allen Stanford is back in prison following a jailhouse fight that landed him in hospital with a concussion and other injuries.

Stanford was involved in a brawl with another inmate last Thursday night at the federal detention centre in Conroe, Texas, where he is awaiting trial on a US$8 billion fraud case.

US Marshals Service spokesman, Alfredo Perez, had said the 59-year-old Stanford suffered superficial injuries in the melee.

His court-appointed attorney, Kent Schaffer reportedly told AP today that Stanford had a concussion, two black eyes, and a broken nose, but testing determined the concussion was no longer a problem and he was therefore returned to the prison yesterday afternoon.

This is not the first time that Stanford has been hospitalised since being held by authorities on fraud charges earlier this year.

He spent the last five days of August in a medical centre after being admitted with a racing pulse.

The alleged fraudster was diagnosed with a non life threatening aneurism in his left leg and underwent surgery to deal with it before returning to jail.