Inquest to open into death of 22-year-old at HMP Winchester

Venue: Council Chambers, Castle Hill, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UL
Date: 13 March 2017 at 10am (expected to last four weeks)

An inquest into the death of 22-year-old Daryl Hargrave at HMP Winchester in July 2015 is due to open on Monday.

Daryl was found hanging in his cell just six days after being remanded in custody. He was one of five men to die at the prison during a four-month period in 2015.

Daryl had a history of self-harm and suicide attempts and had suffered from mental health problems from a young age. The inquest will examine:

- The implementation and adequacy of self-harm and suicide prevention procedures.
- Mental health assessment and provision at HMP Winchester.
- The impact of a delay in administering Daryl with anti-depressant medication on his arrival at HMP Winchester.
- The safety, adequacy, suitability and location of the cell Daryl was moved to in the healthcare unit at HMP Winchester on 18 July after he had self-harmed, including the prevention of the use of the door cell-hatch as a ligature point.
 
INQUEST has been working with Daryl’s family since January 2016. The family is represented by Inquest Lawyers Group members Clair Hilder from Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors and barrister Taimour Lay from Garden Court Chambers

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NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information, please contact Selen Cavcav (caseworker) at selencavcav@inquest.org.uk or Gill Goodby (media) at gillgoodby@inquest.org.uk or 020 7263 1111.

INQUEST provides specialist advice on deaths in custody or detention or involving state failures in England and Wales. This includes a death in prison, in police custody or following police contact, in immigration detention or psychiatric care. INQUEST's policy and parliamentary work is informed by its casework and we work to ensure that the collective experiences of bereaved people underpin that work. Its overall aim is to secure an investigative process that treats bereaved families with dignity and respect; ensures accountability and disseminates the lessons learned from the investigation process in order to prevent further deaths.

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