Belfast Telegraph

Probe launched into prison death

By Brendan McDaid and Eamonn MacDermott

The Prisoner Ombudsman has launched an investigation after a man was found dead in his cell at Maghaberry Prison.

Patrick Duffy, from Lower Nassau Street in the Rosemount area of Londonderry, was found dead shortly after 12am yesterday.

The 49-year-old was on remand facing charges of criminal damage and assault when he died.

He is believed to be the fourth person to die in custody in Northern Ireland this year.

The Prison Service said there were “no signs of suspicious circumstances”.

Ombudsman Pauline McCabe said: “I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Patrick’s family for their sad loss.

“In the meantime, my office has already commenced an investigation into his death.”

A Prison Service spokesperson yesterday expressed their regret as he confirmed the death yesterday.

Mr Duffy had been due to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning.

The charges he was facing were withdrawn by the prosecution.

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