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Sian Reeves represented HMP Pentonville at an Article 2 inquest following a death in custody

31st October 2017

Sian Reeves represented HMP Pentonville in a 4-day Article 2 inquest into the death of Mr. Vilhemas Borkertas at St. Pancras Coroner’s Court.   The inquest concluded on 26 October 2017.

Mr.  Borkertas was a Lithuanian national.   He was found hanging in his cell in November 2016, and despite extensive resuscitation efforts by prison staff and paramedics, he was pronounced dead later that night.

The jury returned a short narrative conclusion of suicide.    The jury found that there had been an unsatisfactory and unexplained delay in answering the cell bell, but that there was no evidence that this had had any impact on the outcome for Mr. Borkertas.

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