Report on prisoner suicide faults communication

Thursday 24 January 2013 22.22
Shane Rogers was found dead in a holding cell on 20 December 2011
Shane Rogers was found dead in a holding cell on 20 December 2011

A report on the death of a prisoner found dead in a holding cell at Cloverhill Courthouse has found that he had been on suicide watch, but this fact was not communicated to the escort which brought him from Cloverhill Prison to the courthouse complex.

Under prison service rules, Shane Rogers should have been checked every 15 minutes.

However, he was left unobserved in a holding cell for 55 minutes before he was found by prison officers at 12.58pm on 20 December 2011.

He was on remand in connection with the death of a man in south Armagh earlier that month and had been identified as a suicide risk in an earlier hearing.

Publishing the report, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter expressed his sincere sympathy to the Rogers family and to the family of James Hughes, who was shot dead by Rogers.

He said that the Director General of the Prison Service had told him that several issues raised in the report had been addressed by the Prison Service.