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INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF LUKE MCDONNELL AT HMP LINCOLN BEGINS MONDAY 8 AUGUST 2016
10am, Before HMC Stuart Fisher
At Lincoln Coroners Court, Cathedral Centre, Lincoln
Time estimate: 7 days
The inquest into the death of Luke McDonnell opens at Lincoln Coroners Court, Cathedral Centre, Lincoln, on Monday, 8th August 2016.
Luke died following self suspension at Lincoln Prison on 14/06/15. His death was the second at the prison within 4 months and shared many common features. Luke had arrived at Lincoln having been released from a sentence at Leicester prison only the day before, where he had self harmed on 14 occasions in less than a month. From the day after his arrival at Leicester, an ACCT was opened (a procedure required for the protection of prisoners at risk of self harm) and remained in place up to and including the day of his release. The Inquest will be asked to examine this recent history, subsequent responses to further acts of self harm at Lincoln prior to his death and to suggested reports of assault and bullying.
The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group member Ruth Bundey, Harrison Bundey Solicitors.
Notes to editors:
The number of self inflicted prison deaths (England and Wales) has continued to rise over the past five years: 58 in 2011, 61 in 2012, 76 in 2013, 88 in 2014, 88 in 2015 and 60 already in 2016.
See INQUEST statistics.
In its 2015/2016 annual report, the Independent Monitoring Board identified concerns around the high level of self harm at HMP Lincoln with 413 incidents of self harm reported (compared to 135 in the previous year). Its report can be found here.
For further information, please contact: Family’s solicitor Ruth Bundey 07712139236 and 0113 2007400 or INQUEST caseworker Victoria McNally 020 7263 1111.
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