Family plan to sue over Streatham prisoner's death in jail


originally by: Your Local Guardian
published: 30th September 2011

The family of a vulnerable inmate who killed himself days after being transferred to Wandsworth prison may sue the prison service after an inquest ruled there were massive failings in his care.

Christopher Wardally, 25, was found hanged in his Onslow Wing cell on June 12, 2009, after being moved between seven prisons in the four years before his death.

His death has already led charities to call for faster prison reforms and for further investigation into two of the country’s top prison governors who were implicated in the case.

In recording a narrative verdict at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, September 21, jurors said Wardally, who suffered from schizophrenia and lived in Haybridge Avenue, Streatham, was failed by the prison service in the days and months before he died.

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