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Prisoner Ombudsman Publishes Report into the Death of Mr Geoffrey Ellison

Published on November 09 2016

A report of the Prisoner Ombudsman’s investigation into the death of Mr Geoffrey Ellison in Magilligan Prison was published today.

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Prisoner Ombudsman Publishes Report into the Death of a Prisoner

Published on November 02 2016

Mr I collapsed in his prison cell and was taken to outside hospital but never regained consciousness. His life support machine was turned off two days later. The post mortem examination reported his death was due to a heart attack and tramadol toxicity.

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Prisoner Ombudsman publishes report into the death of Mr Patrick Kelly in March 2015

Published on September 27 2016

A report of the Prisoner Ombudsman’s investigation into Mr Kelly’s death on 20th March 2015 was published today.

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Prisoner Ombudsman publishes report into self-harm by Mr Sean Lynch

Published on September 13 2016

A report of the Prisoner Ombudsman’s investigation into Mr Lynch’s self-harm in Maghaberry Prison in June 2014 was published today.

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Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Annual Report for 2015-2016 Press Release

Published on June 28 2016

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Review of Complaints Handling Practice

Published on November 06 2015

The Department of Justice is pleased to publish this review of Complaints Handling by the Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. The Department commissioned the review in September 2015 and appointed Mr Alasdair MacLaughlin to undertake it. We are grateful for him doing so in a prompt and thorough manner.

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INVESTIGATION REPORT INTO THE DEATH OF A RELEASED PRISONER

Published on September 28 2015

The Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland today published an investigation report into the death of a released prisoner, Mr H, in September 2014. He had been released from Maghaberry Prison at the end of July due to an inoperable brain tumour.

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INVESTIGATION REPORT INTO THE DEATH IN CUSTODY OF ALEC SMYTH

Published on September 22 2015

The Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland today published an investigation report into the death of a Maghaberry prisoner, Alec Smyth who died in December 2013. He had been released to receive palliative care at hospital two days earlier in order that he would not die in custody.

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The Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland today published his 2014-15 annual report.

Published on June 23 2015

The role of the Prisoner Ombudsman is to investigate and report on deaths in custody and prisoners’ complaints. During 2014-15 the Office commenced investigations into three deaths. There were 1,429 eligible complaints received, triple the 2013-14 figure.

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INVESTIGATION REPORT INTO THE DEATH OF A PRISONER

Published on December 03 2014

The Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland today published an investigation report into the death of a prisoner, Geoffrey Singleton, who died by hanging on 6th May 2013 in Maghaberry Prison, aged 42.

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