Belfast Telegraph

Maghaberry inmate's suicide couldn't be predicted

By Michael McHugh

The death of a law student who hanged himself in prison in Northern Ireland could not have been predicted, an investigation has found.

The troubled unnamed "model prisoner" died in his cell in Maghaberry after an earlier suicide attempt before he was incarcerated, according to Prisoner Ombudsman Tom McGonigle.

He had depression and a tendency to cope by self-medicating using mind-altering substances, the Ombudsman said.

"Several staff from a variety of disciplines demonstrated genuine care for his well-being, and while he saw a range of mental health specialists, his decision to hang himself could not have been predicted," Mr McGonigle reported.

'Mr F' had difficulties in his relationship with his partner, the victim on this occasion professing a deep love for her and hoping to maintain their relationship.

A doctor said he did not know what could or should have been done to better understand the difficulties in his relationship with his partner after a range of supports were put in place for the man.

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