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Inquest opens into death of 18-year-old Josh Collinson, who died at HMP Swinfen Hall
Before HM Coroner Andrew Haigh
South Staffordshire Coroners Court,
Staffordshire County Council Chamber - County Buildings,
Martin Street, Stafford ST16 2LH
Inquest opens: Monday 12 December, 10am start
Josh Collinson was 18 years old when he was found hanged in his cell at HMPYOI Swinfen Hall on 3 September 2015. He had been transferred from HMPYOI Parc the previous day.
Josh had a known prior history of mental ill health, and incidents of self-harm in custody. At school he was diagnosed with ADHD and borderline autism. Whilst in custody, Josh was recognised as a vulnerable child and, after turning 18, as a vulnerable adult.
Josh’s family hope that the inquest will provide them with answers over the level of care and protection available to Josh at HYMPOI Swinfen Hall and HMPYOI Parc.
INQUEST has been working with the family of Josh Collinson since September 2015. The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Mark Scott and Miri Weingarten from Bhatt Murphy Solicitors and Sam Jacobs from Doughty Street Chambers.
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