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A prisoner at Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim has died

Published 06/11/2016

A prisoner at Maghaberry Prison has died
A prisoner at Maghaberry Prison has died

Investigations have started after a prisoner at Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim died on Saturday.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service confirmed the death of the man on Sunday.

He was a 44-year-old remand prisoner at Maghaberry Prison, and is believed to be Gerard Mulligan who was charged with murdering his father in September.

The inmate died on the evening of Saturday November 5.  His next of kin have been informed.

It is understood that he took his own life.

The PSNI, Coroner and Prisoner Ombudsman have launched investigations into the death, which the Prison Service has said is "standard procedure".

Acting Prison Service Director General Phil Wragg said: "I would like to extend my sympathy and that of the Northern Ireland Prison Service to the family of the prisoner who has died in Maghaberry.  My thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie expressed his sadness at the death.

"Awful news of a death in custody at Maghaberry. My thoughts are with his family and those dealing with this incident," he said.

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