Student prisoner’s death not predictable, report finds

Maghaberry Prison
Maghaberry Prison

The death of a law student who hanged himself in prison could not have been predicted, a report has found.

The “model prisoner” died in his cell in Maghaberry after an earlier suicide attempt before he was jailed, Prisoner Ombudsman Tom McGonigle said.

The prisoner had depression and a tendency to self-medicate using mind altering substances, Mr McGonigle’s report found.

Mr McGonigle said: “Several staff from a variety of disciplines demonstrated genuine care for his wellbeing and while he saw a range of mental health specialists, his decision to hang himself could not have been predicted.”

He added: “There were significant levels of intervention with Mr F during his time in Maghaberry.”