Inquest jury finds Norwich Prison inmate was ‘probably threatened’ by member of staff before he hanged himself

PUBLISHED: 13:53 01 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:53 01 April 2017

Norwich Prison. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich Prison. Photo : Steve Adams

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A jury has found that an inmate at Norwich Prison was “probably” threatened by a staff member days before he hanged himself.

Jack Davies-O’Neill, who is originally from Stafford, was found dead in his cell at the Knox Road facility on December 15, 2013. A 10-day jury inquest was held in Norwich over the past fortnight to determine the cause and circumstances of his death.

In a unanimous decision, the jury concluded on Thursday that Mr Davies-O’Neill hanged himself, but stated the evidence did not “fully explain” whether or not he intended the outcome to be fatal. The jury said it had “no evidence” as to what his state of mind had been at the time.

But it unanimously found that on or around December 12, 2013, a member of prison staff “probably threatened” Mr Davies-O’Neill.

The cause of death was listed as hanging. The inquest heard there were attempts to resuscitate the inmate.

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