Tragic inmate was being monitored

Prisoner hands on barsoriginally by: Leigh Reporter
published: 26 February 2014

A Teenage detainee at Hindley Young Offenders’ Institute was under a special “observation” regime when he was found hanging in his cell, an inquest jury heard. Jake Hardy, 17, was rushed to hospital but never regained consciousness and died four days later.

The inquest at Bolton is expected to last six weeks and there are half a dozen legal teams attending on behalf of the various state authorities: prison, youth offending and mental health bodies.

Formally opening the inquest, assistant deputy coroner Alison Hewitt revealed that 6ft tall and well built Jake, who suffered from learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia and depression, had registered official complaints of bullying by other detainees.

On the evening of the incident in January 2012, he had refused to come out of his cell for the standard two-hour “association period” between 6pm and 8pm. That was because, it was stated, he was upset at having been earlier refused the right to call his family at home in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

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