Why are so many men dying inside Wandsworth Prison?


Wandsworth Prison source: Kingston Guardian
published: 24 July 2015

Criminal justice campaigners have claimed “overcrowded, understaffed” conditions at Wandsworth Prison are leading to deaths in custody – some of whom are innocent men waiting for a trial.

Men found dead in the category B prison over the past 18 months include:

– New Malden man Raymond Mills, 66, a psychiatric patient accused of murdering his wife, was found hanged in his cell in June.

Robert Richards, 22, who had been found guilty of rape and attempting to murder a Chessington pensioner, was found hanged in his cell in June last year.

Mathan Vadivelalagan, 20, accused of raping a woman in Mitcham, was found hanged in the ‘first night centre’ in May last year.

Wadid Barsoum, 66, was allegedly murdered by fellow inmate Taras Nykolyn in May. Nykolyn is due to appear at the Old Bailey today.

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