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Prison officers ‘left suicidal inmate in dark cell with makeshift noose’

Two jail officers failed to guard a suicidal inmate who was left on his personal, in an unlit cell, with a makeshift noose, a courtroom has been instructed.

Custodial supervisor Paul Fairhurst, 64, and senior jail officer, Rachel Jameson, 32, are charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of Anthony Paine, 35, who killed himself at HMP Liverpool on February 19 2018.

On Tuesday, a trial at Liverpool Crown Court docket was instructed Mr Paine, who had schizophrenia and a historical past of self-harm and drug abuse, was placed on a “primary regime” in the times earlier than he died due to his use of psychoactive substance spice.

He was moved to a cell that had been painted a dark color and had a damaged window and no electrical gentle, the jury was instructed.

Duncan Atkinson KC, prosecuting, stated: “The unsatisfactory nature of this cell for a mentally unstable inmate doesn’t seem to have been recognised by both of the defendants.”

He stated nurse Leanne Shaw described it because the “worst cell she had ever encountered”.

In his final days, Mr Paine was not given his treatment a number of instances as a result of his cell was too dark for him to be assessed by medical workers, in addition to due to his perceived abuse of spice, Mr Atkinson stated.

He instructed the courtroom: “By the point that these defendants had dealings with Mr Paine on February 19, Mr Paine had harmed himself on quite a lot of events.

“He had additionally been tough at instances to handle, had gave the impression to be abusing spice and to have been, maybe understandably, sad with the cell in which he was, on primary regime, spending the overwhelming majority of his time.”

Mr Paine was seen at 1.45pm on the day he died by jail officer Kristopher Mason, who reported he had made a noose, Mr Atkinson stated.

Mr Mason stated an “emotional” Mr Paine instructed him he had not had his treatment, had no lights in his cell and wished to see the jail chaplain.

Mr Mason persuaded Mr Paine to take the noose down however it stayed in his cell, the jury was instructed.

Giving accounts in 2018, Fairhurst and Jameson accepted that Mr Mason, who had been a jail officer for 9 months, reported what he had seen to them, the courtroom was instructed.

Mr Atkinson stated: “Mr Mason was not given additional directions by both of them.

“There isn’t a notice of some other measure being taken at that stage.

“You could conclude Mr Mason would have been entitled to consider that these extra senior and extra skilled officers knew greater than he did.”

Within the case of every of the defendants, their breach of the obligation of care that they owed Mr Paine concerned a big failure on the a part of every to take apparent and simple steps

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson KC

Mr Atkinson stated the invention of a noose in Mr Paine’s cell was a “important second in the chronology”.

“Past his earlier acts of self-harm, together with a quantity that day, Mr Paine had now intentionally made, and nonetheless had, what every defendant understood to be a noose or ligature,” he stated.

“There was to be a time period when he would, if no steps have been taken, be alone in his dark cell with that ligature.”

He stated the scenario was an “fast suicidal disaster”, in line with steering and coaching, however Fairhurst and Jameson took no steps.

When Mr Mason returned to Mr Paine’s cell at 2.26pm, the prisoner instructed him he had discarded the noose out of the window, the courtroom was instructed.

However when he went again simply earlier than 3pm he discovered him hanged in his cell, jurors heard.

Mr Atkinson stated the prosecution alleged the defendants grossly breached their obligation of care to Mr Paine.

He added: “Within the case of every of the defendants, their breach of the obligation of care that they owed Mr Paine concerned a big failure on the a part of every to take apparent and simple steps.”

Fairhurst, of Chorley, Lancashire, and Jameson, of Prescot, Merseyside, deny gross negligence manslaughter and another cost of failing to discharge normal well being and security obligation at work opposite to the Well being and Security at Work Act 1974.

The trial could final till Christmas, the jury was instructed.

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