Inquest into the death of Sean McCann


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The deceased was a prisoner being held at a privately-run prison. He hanged himself whilst being held in the prison’s segregation unit.

William Irwin, instructed by Kingsley Napley solicitors, represented a manager at the prison (equivalent to a governor-grade in a public sector prison).

The deceased was the subject of an ACCT plan at the time he died. There were issues about whether there had been adequate monitoring of him and/or communication between officers responsible for his care.

The jury returned a conclusion of accident contributed to by neglect. Their narrative focussed on systemic failings by the prison.

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William Irwin

William Irwin
Year of Call: 2010