Ashley Gill

Ashley Gill

Two prison officers have been sacked for posting cruel remarks on Facebook after a young prisoner died in custody.
The pair, from Forest Bank prison in Salford, made inappropriate comments about the death of Ashley Gill, 25, who died in jail in Liverpool after suffering an asthma attack.
It is understood another prison officer at Forest Bank was demoted over the same issue and several others disciplined.
An investigation was launched after Mr Gill was found dead in his cell at Walton prison.
Paramedics were called to HMP Liverpool after Mr Gill from Llandudno Junction was found “unresponsive” on April 29.
He had been due to be released just days later and a probe will be carried out by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, as well as the Coroner.
It is believed Mr Gill had previously been in the Salford jail.
A Forest Bank source said: “The two officers made comments online after Ashley died.
“They were effectively saying good riddance to bad rubbish. But a number of others clicked ‘like’ after the message had been posted.
“The two officers were escorted off the premises and later dismissed. I understand another was demoted and others had written warnings.
“I believe Ashley had spent some time in Forest Bank which is why the officers knew him.”
This week, it was reported how bosses at Forest Bank were having to work on the wings because of a staffing crisis.
A shortage of trained officers has also led to two out of six workshops being closed at the Agecroft jail.
Sodexo, the company which run the prison insist the staffing levels are ‘safe’ to deal with almost 1,460 prisoners.
Prison staff have contacted the local media to say the situation is ‘dangerous’ which prison bosses have denied.
In 2013, Gill was jailed for 20 months for burglary and theft.
His grandmother Annette Hill said she feared he may have had his inhaler taken off him.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News she said: “Ashley suffered very badly with his asthma to the point where he would be using his inhaler every couple of minutes.
“Every time he rang home, he would tell me that the guards had taken it off him.
“Ashley was in and out of hospital with his condition and was told he needed an operation to try and clear his airways.”
A Sodexo Justice Services spokesman said: “Two employees were dismissed after an investigation.”

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