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Death of man in Magilligan prison not being treated as suspicious

By Staff Reporter

The death of a 44-year-old prisoner at HMP Magilligan is not being treated as suspicious, it has been reported.

The man was discovered lifeless in his cell on Saturday morning at the Co Londonderry jail, and is believed to have died of natural causes.

His next of kin have been informed.

The Head of the Prison Service, Ronnie Armour, said in a statement that his thoughts are with the family of the man.

"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 Magilligan.

"My thoughts are with them at this difficult time," he commented.

The PSNI, coroner and Prisoner Ombudsman have launched investigations following the death.

Opened in 1976 on the site of a former army camp, HMP Magilligan is currently home to around 550 male prisoners and is classed as a low-medium security facility.

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