31st October 2017
Sian Reeves represented the Ministry of Justice (and specifically HMP Featherstone and the National Probation Service) in a 6-day Article 2 inquest into the death of David Wilson, which concluded on 23 October 2017 (following an adjourned inquest in April 2017).
Mr. Wilson was recalled into prison custody in December 2015 at HMP Birmingham (a private prison run by G4S), where he remained before transferring to HMP Featherstone in February 2016.
Mr Wilson was found hanging in a cell in HMP Featherstone on 2 March 2016. He was taken to New Cross hospital and died on the following day.
The jury determined that the probable causes of death were that Mr. Wilson was upset that he was having to spend more time in prison, and that he was concerned about debts that he had incurred whilst in prison.
The jury also concluded that there were two possible causes of death, namely Mr. Wilson was upset at being recalled to prison when he hadn’t been convicted of a further offence, and his concerns about threats and problems at HMP Birmingham not being properly addressed.
The jury found no failings by the Ministry of Justice as to its care of Mr. Wilson.