Prisoner Kane Barratt found hanged in his cell at Wayland Prison, King’s Lynn coroner hears

Kane Barratt, who was found hanged in his cell at HMP Wayland.

Kane Barratt, who was found hanged in his cell at HMP Wayland. - Credit: Archant

An inquest has opened into the death of a prisoner who died in hospital after being found hanged in his cell.

King's Lynn Coroner's Court heard that Kane Barratt, 25, was found by prison officers at HMP Wayland at Griston, near Thetford, on November 26.

Despite the officers' best efforts to resuscitate him, he died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital five days later.

Senior Coroner Jacqueline Lake said that a post-mortem examination showed that Mr Barratt died from hanging.

She said that prison and probation authorities are investigating his death.

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Mr Barratt, who came from Stcokport, was one of a group of men responsible for a six-week crime spree in Manchester in May 2009. Victims were threatened by masked men, armed with knives, who ordered them to hand over their car keys.

He admitted two counts of robbery and three counts of burglary, when he appeared before the city's crown court and was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence for public protection to serve a minimum term of five years and six months in jail. Following his release, he was due to have been on licence for life.

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Shortly after he began his sentence, in Lancaster Prison, he used a mobile phone to keep in touch with friends and family via Facebook. The Prison Service launched an investigation.

The inquest has been adjourned until July 28 next year.

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