The family of Terence Wheelock has rejected the verdict of suicide that was delivered today by a majority of the jury at an inquest into his death.

Mr Wheelock, 22, died three months after he was found unconscious in a cell in Store Street Garda Station on 2 June 2005.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice said that 'this matter will now be given careful consideration, in the light of the verdict of the inquest jury today'.

Larry Wheelock, Terence's brother, gave his family's reaction to the verdict of the jury at the inquest.

He said: 'We are very disheartened with the verdict, but we draw some comfort from the fact that it is a majority verdict in favour of death by suicide, which is something that we as a family contest.  This is far from over, it is just begining.'

He added that the family had independent witnesses that were not permitted to give evidence at the inquest.

The Wheelocks believe that that evidence would have resulted in a different verdict.

The jury at the inquest made a number of recommendations to the court including that CCTV cameras be installed in garda stations, that checks on those in custody be conducted every 15 minutes, that disposable clothes be given to those in custody and that external independent health and safety officials conduct annual audits.

The Dublin City Coroner's Court earlier heard that blood stains on clothing belonging to Mr Wheelock were consistent with medical intervention.

Dr Maureen Smith from the Forensic Science Laboratory told the court she was unable to generate a DNA profile from the tissue sample she was given from the post mortem.

Using blood samples, she determined that blood found on Mr Wheelock's t-shirt was not his blood, but most likely that of a close relative, a matter she said that would normally be further investigated.