Prison boss charged with misconduct

Published Thursday, 02 August 2012
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A prison boss has been charged with misconduct following an investigation into the death of an inmate.

Prison boss charged with misconduct
Frances McKeown hanged herself in her cell. (© UTV)

Gary Alcock, who was the governor at Hydebank in south Belfast at the time the prisoner took her own life, has been suspended since last May.

It comes after concerns were raised in report by the Prison Ombusdsman.

Mr Alcock has been given a fortnight to respond to the charge.

Confirming the disciplinary process was underway, Prison Service chiefs said: "Proceedings have been instigated and it would not be appropriate to comment at this stage."

Frances McKeown, who was 23, hanged herself in her cell in the women's section of the jail last year. She was discovered during a routine check by staff.

The Ombudsman, Pauline McCabe was called in to carry out an inquiry, and she has produced an interim report.

There is no suggestion his actions contributed to Ms McKeown's suicide.

If a disciplinary hearing goes ahead and the charge found to be proven, then Mr Alcock could face a range of sanctions - however he cannot be dismissed from his post.

© UTV News
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1 Comments fall guy in ards wrote (912 days ago):
a lot of people should not be in prison as they are mentally disturbed and this is the only place to put them, due to staff cut backs in prisons prisoners officers just dont have the time to give all those type of prisoners the supervision that they require.this governor has been charged with misconduct, but he is a fall guy due to goverment cut backs , and he does not deserve to be treated in this way, if you talk to prison officers they will tell you of daily shortages of staff, and they just have to manage with it, it will not be long before some other staff member will be used as a stooge .lets be honest its all about saving money, not the best for the prisoner.
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