Man found dead in police cell named

Published Friday, 30 May 2014
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The name has been released of a man who died in a cell at Lisburn PSNI station in the early hours of Friday morning.

Man found dead in police cell named
The office is the oversight body of the PSNI. (© Pacemaker)

He was David McGowan, who was aged 28 and from Lisburn.

The Police Ombudsman has launched an investigation into his death.

Mr McGowan had been arrested on Thursday night following what was described as an "incident" on the Beersbridge Road in east Belfast.

It was discovered at around 2am on Friday that he had died while in police custody.

The ombudsman said investigators were sent to Lisburn Police Station and began a detailed examination of the scene.

Dr Michael Maguire's investigators have been there throughout the night and have spoken to the man's immediate family.

They will now speak to witnesses to the incident at which Mr McGowan was arrested and will investigate the actions of police up to the point at which he was discovered in the cell.

A spokesperson said: "At approximately 2.00am this morning the Office was alerted by the police that a man had died whilst in police custody. In line with normal procedure we immediately launched an independent and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death."

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Wolfe in belfast wrote (91 days ago):
If this man was arrested in belfast why was he taken to lisburn, should have went to the nearest station. This needs looked at.
gina mc donald in lisburn wrote (94 days ago):
In 2014 this should not happen, something was not adhered to for this too happen.No death whilst in custody should happen!
lisa in north belfast wrote (95 days ago):
god bless.RIP thoughts go out to the fella,s family and friends
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