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Inquests into the deaths of Liam Lambert and Jake Foxall in HMYOI Glen Parva begin on Tuesday 30 August 2016.
25 August 2016
Before HMAC Mrs Lydia Brown
At 10am. Leicester Coroner’s Court, Town Hall, Leicester.
The inquests will run consecutively on Tuesday 30 August and Thursday 8 September 2016.
20 year old Liam was born in Australia and moved to the UK in 2013 aged 18 to be with his father. Over a period of time he became homeless and involved in substance misuse. Liam was sentenced to 16 weeks arriving at HMYOI Glen Parva in February 2015. This was Liam’s first time in prison. Liam was monitored following an act of self harm and with the opening of an ACCT (a procedure required for the protection of prisoners at risk of self harm) but this was closed shortly before his death. He was found hanging in his cell on 19 March 2015 and pronounced dead in hospital on 24 March 2015.
Jake was 19 years old when he was remanded into custody in June 2015. He was initially sent to HMP Bullingdon before being transferred to Glen Parva in October 2015. This was at significant geographical distance from his family impacting on his support. Jake was found hanging in his cell on 7 November 2015, but never recovered and was pronounced dead on 12 November. As with Liam, this was also Jake’s first time in prison. Jake had self harmed on a number of occasions leading to the opening of an ACCT when he arrived at Glen Parva. This remained open until his death.
In the last 6 years there have been 11 self inflicted deaths of young people (24 years and younger) in HMYOI Glen Parva, the latest death being two weeks ago. Similarities across these deaths include issues of bullying and the management of the risk of self harm/suicide.
Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST said:
“Liam and Jake are two of 11 young people to have taken their own lives in Glen Parva since 2010 raising serious concerns about the way the prison manages vulnerable people in their care. Questions must be asked about what action has been taken by the prison in response to previous deaths and recommendations.”
INQUEST has been working with the families of Liam Lambert and Jake Foxall since their deaths in 2015. The families are represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Gemma Vine and Charles Myers from Lester Morrill solicitors and barrister Jude Bunting of Doughty Street Chambers.
Notes to editors:
1. Please note the families of Liam Lambert and Jake Foxall and INQUEST will not be making any further statements until the conclusion of the inquests.
2. Number of Self Inflicted Deaths in Glen Parva since 2010
Name Date of Death Age
Jamie Roberts 12/08/2016 24
Jake Foxall 12/11/2015 19
Liam Lambert 24/03/2015 20
Greg Revell 11/06/2014 18
Steven Davison 29/09/2013 21
Njie Ebrima 18/04/2013 20
M**** H**** 13/12/2011 19
Christopher Neale 19/11/2011 19
Riliwanu Balogan 16/05/2011 21
James Edge 25/12/2010 20
Bartosz Okragly 24/05/2010 19
Source: INQUEST Casework and monitoring
3. 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 73 already in 2016.
See INQUEST statistics here: http://inquest.org.uk/statistics/deaths-in-prison
4. In February 2014 the Government announced an independent review into the self inflicted deaths of 18 to 24 years. The Review was chaired by Lord Harris. The report was published in July 2015 with 108 recommendations.
INQUEST submission to the Review can be found here: http://inquest.org.uk/pdf/briefings/INQUEST_Submission_to_Lord_Harris_Review.pdf
Lord Harris’ report can be found here: http://iapdeathsincustody.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Harris-Review-Report2.pdf
The Government’s response to the report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486564/gov-response-harris-review.pdf
5. The lastest HM Inpectorate of Prison’s reports can be found here:
6. See here for the HM Inspectorate of Prisons findings regarding the importance of prisoner’s contact with family and friends: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/08/Contact-with-families-and-friends-findings-paper-2016.pdf
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‘l can not thank you all enough for the help and support you have given us over our terrible loss. If it wasn’t for INQUEST, we would not have been able to deal with the faults of the prison system, and try and make some changes. Once again thank you all and thank you for being there if ever l needed to speak to someone.’
– Mother of a young man who died in prison