Category Archives: Deaths in custody

Prison suicides cost £300m a year

Prison suicides are costing the taxpayer up to £300 million a year, according to estimates by a penal reform charity. Growing inmate numbers, overcrowding and staff cuts have fuelled a 46% rise in suicide rates over the last three years, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform. It said public sector funding is being… Continue Reading

Two deaths at HMP Norwich

DEATH 1 A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Norwich prisoner Alan Wills (dob 5/10/1927) was found unresponsive in his cell at 3.55am on Sunday 31 January. “Healthcare staff immediately attended but he was pronounced dead later that morning “As with all deaths in custody, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons & Probation… Continue Reading

Mentally ill inmate admits battering cell-mate to death

A mentally ill prisoner has admitted battering his cell mate over the head with a television set as he awaited trial for a random attack on a walker at popular beauty spot. In June 2014, Taras Nykolyn, 46, pounced on Roger Maxwell as he took an early morning stroll near the Windmill landmark on Wimbledon… Continue Reading

Police sergeant among accused in manslaughter trial over death in custody

A police custody sergeant and two detention officers are to go on trial accused of killing a schizophrenic church caretaker who collapsed while in custody. Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, and civilian staff Simon Tansley, 38, and Michael Marsden, 55, face trial at Bristol Crown Court. The three defendants each deny two joint charges of the… Continue Reading

Concern over Government lack of action on jail suicides

The author of a report into prison suicides has raised concern about the Government’s failure to take action on recommendations he published earlier this year. Labour peer Lord Harris of Haringey said he suspected an official response to his review was being held up by a “rearguard action” from figures within the Prison Service resisting… Continue Reading

More deaths in prison from natural causes and still too many suicides says Prisons Ombudsman

A rapidly ageing prison population was largely behind the 15% increase in deaths of prisoners from natural causes in 2014-15. This has meant that prisons designed for fit young men must increasingly adjust to the roles of care home and even hospice, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen, as he published his annual report.… Continue Reading

Prisoner jailed for fatal jail attack

A prisoner who attacked a fellow inmate causing his death a week later has been jailed for four years. Alastaire Scott, 23, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 28-year-old Frazer Stent at HMP Rochester and was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court. The fatal attack took place in the Chilham Wing at the category Cprison on… Continue Reading