Monday, 23 January 2017
Dean Saunders death: Prison ombudsman finds 'weaknesses'
The criminal justice system "did too little to protect" a vulnerable inmate who electrocuted himself in prison, the Prisons Ombudsman has found. Dean Saunders, 25, died at HMP Chelmsford in Essex in January 2016. He had been arrested the month before, after his father, Mark, was stabbed while trying to stop his son harming himself during a bout of paranoia. Mark Saunders has called for the recommendations made by the ombudsman to be seen through. On Friday, an inquest jury found Mr Saunders was "let down" by the prison and mental health services.Live: For more on this and the latest Essex storiesNigel Newcomen, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman said Mr Saunders was at "high risk of suicide" when he arrived at Chelmsford and identified "a number of weaknesses" in the prison's handling of his case.
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