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INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF KYAL GAFFNEY IN PRISON IN HMP HEWELL BEGINS MONDAY 11 MARCH
INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF KYAL GAFFNEY AT ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL REDDITCH ON 9 NOVEMBER 2011 BEGINS
10.00am Monday 11 March 2013
Sitting before HM CoronerThe legal official who orders a post-mortem and who is in charge of the inquest procedure. for the County of Worcestershire, Mr G U Williams at HM CoronerThe legal official who orders a post-mortem and who is in charge of the inquest procedure.’s Court, Bewdley Road, Stourport on Severn, DY13 8XE
The inquest into the death of 22 year old Kyal Gaffney from Coventry opens on Monday 11 March 2011. It is expected to last five days.
In July 2010, Kyal Gaffney was involved in a car accident, which led to the death of one of his best friends. Kyal was driving and sustained significant injuries that left him disabled.
On 18 October 2011, Kyal Gaffney was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence. Upon sentence, he was taken immediately to HMP Hewell.
Shortly after imprisonment, Kyal Gaffney reported feeling unwell. He started bringing up blood, suffered from fatigue and had unexplained bruising and unusual markings on his tongue amongst other symptoms. He was seen by two different prison doctors on 31 October 2011 and 5 November 2011.
On 7 November 2011, non urgent blood samples were taken at the prison and sent to the Alexandra Hospital for testing. They revealed that Kyal Gaffney had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).
Kyal started deteriorating during the evening of 7 November 2011. He was vomiting and had a severe headache. He was taken to hospital via ambulance from the prison.
He later died on the 9 November 2011 at the Alexandra Hospital after suffering from a spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage to the brain; this is a complication associated with AML.
The family has significant concerns about the healthcare that Kyal received in prison, whether his health complaints were taken seriously and acted upon at the appropriate time.
Deborah Coles, INQUEST co-director said:
“This case raises significant concerns about the quality of healthcare provided to prisoners and must be properly scrutinised.”
The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyer Group member Anna Thwaites and Counsel Nick Armstrong at Matrix Chambers.
‘You have clearly made yourselves a force to be reckoned with, a powerful instrument for good. In the process you have not only achieved real change in an aspect of our common life which would have commanded little attention or esteem were it not for your efforts, but you have at the same time offered enormous support to those bereaved people who long for a clear verdict on the death in custody of someone who means a great deal to them.’
– Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards