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Race is ‘significant contributory factor’ to deaths in police custody, according to independent review

3rd November 2017 - The Justice Gap

The long awaited independent review into deaths in custody has found ethnicity to be a ‘significant contributory factor’ in relation to fatalities. The wide-ranging report calls for reform of the police watchdog the Independent Police Complains Commission including the ‘phasing out’ of ex-police officers leading investigations; an end to the conferring between officers before they make statements; and legal aid for families whose relatives have died in custody. Sarah Foss reports

Clair Hilder, a senior associate in the Civil Liberties department comments…

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‘Neglect’ contributed to Winchester prison inmate’s death

10th April 2017 - BBC News

Neglect contributed to the death of a 22-year-old man at Winchester prison, an inquest jury has concluded.

Daryl Hargrave, who had a history of mental health problems, was found hanged in his cell in July 2015.

He had been on remand for six days, an inquest in the city heard.
The jury found there was a failure to provide treatment for psychosis, and a decision not to put him under constant supervision also contributed to his death.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, which manages healthcare at HMP Winchester, apologised for its failings and “the distress this process has caused the family”.

Clair Hilder, a Senior Associate in the Civil Liberties department, has represented Daryl’s mother at the inquest.

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Hanged remand prisoner felt he had ‘demons in his blood’

13th March 2017 - Portsmouth News

FAMILY of a remand prisoner who died six days after entering a jail have said they want answers.

Daryl Hargrave, 22, was the second man to die at HMP Winchester in a single week in July, 2015.

He had been remanded to the prison after being arrested following a stabbing in Gosport.
Lawyers acting for his family said he was found dead at 3.11pm on July 19 – 11 minutes after he was supposed to have been observed in his cell. Solicitors said the scheduled observation was missed.

His inquest is due to take place in Winchester from Monday, and his family hope they will learn more of his death.

Clair Hilder, Civil Liberties Senior Associate, is representing the family at the inquest.


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Family of web designer who died after arrest still waiting for answers

9th March 2017 - Evening Standard

The family of a web developer who died in hospital 24 hours after being detained by police spoke today of their grief and desperate wait for answers.

Joseph Phuong, 32, who had a history of mental health issues, was picked up in the early hours by officers investigating a reported break-in near his home.

He was taken to a mental health unit and then a hospital, where he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He was taken to a police station and to hospital again, where he had a suspected cardiac arrest.

Nancy Collins, a Civil Liberties partner is representing the family.

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Plans to remove duty of care for British soldiers branded as ‘shameful’

16th February 2017 - The Justice Gap

Proposals by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to abolish the duty of care owed to service personnel have been strongly criticized by lawyers.

Responding to the Government’s ‘Better combat compensation’ consultation, human rights lawyers argue that the plans, which propose a new widened concept of ‘combat immunity’, would prevent injured soldiers and families of those killed in combat from pursuing legal redress for negligence and effectively shield the MoD from scrutiny by the courts for negligence in combat-related deaths and injuries.

Jocelyn Cockburn comments.

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