Prisoner found dead at Maghaberry

Published Sunday, 08 July 2012
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A prisoner has been found dead in his cell at Maghaberry, the Northern Ireland Prison Service said.

Prisoner found dead at Maghaberry
An investigation is underway. (© UTV)

Niall Oliver Leonard was discovered in a collapsed state in the early hours of Sunday.

Staff tried to revive the 37-year-old but he was pronounced dead at 2am.

The PSNI, Coroner and Prisoner Ombudsman have been notified and investigations are ongoing. His family has also been informed.

Prison Service Director General Sue McAllister said: "On behalf of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, I would like to extend my sympathy to the family.

"This is a tragedy and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Mary Leonard in Longford wrote (837 days ago):
Further reporting should have been done on this article as Niall was not a widow. I am still legally his wife and have to say this was a terrible way to find out about his death. He did lose a partner (RIP) who left behind four children (two were Niall's) Our 12 year old son also lost a father. We may have been seperated and not been in constant contact but he was the father of my son. May he rest in peace finally
leanne flynn in ontario, canada wrote (931 days ago):
The Justice Minister is NOT doing enough! And, no, the staff are not well trained. They needed United Nations at that location a long time ago. Staff need "CPI" training- non-violent crisis prevention and intervention training. Stat and pronto. If the story I heard about the dog bite is true- I sure hope the man was released after such trauma. Maghaberry is not the only prison in trouble, but to Canadian eyes- far over the water- it looks like a nightmare! No justice is being served! Death and cruelty are being served on a daily basis! Every prisoner and every staff member have extreme stockholme syndrome based on events the past two years alone. They need and should demand United Nations intervention. That man was only serving a three month sentence- he was no career criminal. His death is the result of a Justice system gone atrociously wrong. And Marian's continued incarceration is atrocious as well. Strength to Ireland in your grief from Canada.
Parick in Lisburn wrote (934 days ago):
The Justice Minister has serious questions to answer. The NIPS bosses clearly are not doing enough despite the number of recommendations made by the Prisoner Ombudsman and other independent agencies over the years. Are prison staff adequately trained to spot the signs?? Are policies sufficient? Is there sufficient hands on supervision and support for staff by senior management?
Simon in Belfast wrote (934 days ago):
So what ! My decent , law-abiding , 41 year old mother of 2 , collapsed & died 11 days ago and that didn't make the news.
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