Inquest jury finds failings in care of vulnerable prisoner at HMP Guys Marsh


Following a three week Inquest hearing, a jury at Dorset Coroner’s Court has returned a narrative conclusion finding a litany of failings in the care of a vulnerable prisoner with mental health diagnoses who died at HMP Guys Marsh.

Mr Clacher died after being locked in his prison cell having been discovered collapsed and suspected to be suffering from the effects of Psychoactive Substances. The jury in particular found the lack of monitoring of Mr Clacher once returned to his cell to constitute a gross failure to provide basic care i.e. to amount to neglect. The Senior Coroner has indicated that she will be writing to a number of persons, including the Prisons Minister, under her preventing future deaths jurisdiction to raise concerns about the issues revealed by the Inquest.

Raj Desai of Matrix was instructed by Gus Silverman and Camilla Burton of Irwin Mitchell solicitors.

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