12/01/2009

Prison Service In The Dock - Again

The NI Prison Service is again in the spotlight as an investigation gets under way today following the sudden death of a man at Magilligan Prison.

Richard Gilmore, 25, is thought to have died during the early hours of Sunday morning at the Co Londonderry facility.

Officials are investigating if dangerous drugs circulating within the confines of the prison, may have been a contributory factor.
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The Prisoner Ombudsman - Pauline McCabe - will conduct an inquiry into the man's death.

Last week, Ms McCabe ruled the Governor and Deputy Governor of Maghaberry Prison be subjected to a disciplinary investigation, following the suicide of prisoner, Colin Bell.

See: Prison Suicide Shock As Warders Slept Or Drank Tea

(BMcC/JM)

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