Preston prison officers admit charges after cell death

Prisoner on Death Rowall credits: BBC News
published: 5 July 2012

Two married prison officers have admitted misconduct and perverting the course of justice after the death of a 36-year-old inmate. 

Christopher Oldham was found hanged in his cell in HMP Preston on 21 April. He was on remand after being accused of perverting the course of justice.

At Preston High Court, Shaun Percy, 50, of Walton-le-Dale, admitted misconduct in a public office.

His wife Lisa, 50, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Shaun Percy failed to carry out mandatory cell checks on prisoners who were assessed as feeling suicidal and falsely recorded he had carried out these checks.

Lisa Percy, the senior officer on the night of his death, was charged with making entries in her husband’s name falsely recording that he made two further checks on Mr Oldham.

The pair are due to be sentenced on 11 September.

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