Suicide watch liar’s suspended sentence



A PRISON officer who falsely claimed he made suicide watch checks on a Blackpool inmate, who took his own life, has been spared jail. Christopher Oldham, 36, was on remand at HMP Preston when he hanged himself just a few minutes after Shaun Percy visited his cell. His body lay undiscovered for three hours because Percy, 50, failed to carry out compulsory half-hour checks, Preston Crown Court was told. He also falsified records to say Mr Oldham, of Egerton Road, North Shore, was sitting on his bed watching television and told him he was feeling OK - when, in fact, he had already died. Percy’s supervising officer, wife Lisa, 51, added further entries and forged Percy’s signature to show he made checks up to the point when the death was revealed.

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