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Inquest into suicide of man at Northallerton Prison continues
5:22pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
AN inquest into how a man suffering from mental illness was found hanged in his cell last year has heard evidence from a psychiatric nurse.
The jury inquest at County Hall, Northallerton, is into the death of Vincent Morgan, 30, who hanged himself at HMP Northallerton on December 28 last year.
Carey Hodgkinson, community psychiatric nurse at the prison, defended a decision to move Morgan, who had paranoid schizophrenia, to a different wing in the prison into a single cell just days before he died, saying it had been to protect his safety.
She said: “Staff were concerned that he was not seeing to his personal hygiene and had been found lying in his own excrement at times.
“Other offenders in the prison were offended by his lack of hygiene and he was at risk from assault.”
Ms Hodgkinson said Morgan had not displayed any sign of being at risk from self harm and said he had not tried to self harm while in prison in the past.
Philip Reeve, a probation service officer at HMP Northallerton at the time, said Morgan was unhappy that it had been recommended he move into a hostel after leaving prison, rather than move back in with his parents.
He said: “He did agree to move to the hostel - he nodded along but I don’t think he fully understood.”
Mr Reeve said he was aware that Morgan had not been washing or getting out of bed apart from to eat, and that he had been stealing tobacco from other inmates before he was moved to a different wing.
Morgan, from Hull, had been sentenced to 22 months in prison for assaulting his parents in April last year.
The inquest continues.