Inquest opens into death of young man

originally by: INQUEST
published: 12 January 2007


10.00am Monday 15 January 2007
Sitting before HM Coroner for Staffordshire, Andrew Haigh,
Staffordshire Crown Court, Victoria Square, Stafford ST16 2QQ

The inquest into the death of 19 year old remand prisoner Lee McArdle is due to begin on Monday 15 January. The jury inquest, which is sitting before Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, is expected to last five days.

Lee McArdle, who had a history of poly drug use, was remanded on 27 January 2005 to HM Young Offender Institution Brinsford for allegedly stealing three bottles of shampoo. In addition to his drug use he also had a history of self harm and attempts to take his own life.

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Horrors grow in Britain’s violent jails

Prison Gantryoriginally by: The Guardian
published: 4 March 2001

The teenager looked the prison governor in the eye. Jailed for a series of petty crimes, he was due to be released the following day. But he was not a reformed character. Nor was he scared of the governor.

‘I get out tomorrow,’ the youth calmly informed Danny McAllister, who took charge of the Brinsford Young Offenders’ Institution, regarded as the most violent jail in Britain, last April. ‘Before I go,’ the inmate added, ‘I’m going to smash up my cell. And there’s nothing you can do.’

McAllister told the story last week to illustrate his extreme frustration. ‘This young man went off and did just what he said he would. And he was right: there was nothing I could do.’

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