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UK: HMP Winchester inmate who died had asked staff about suicide methods

Sean Plumstead’s remarks to staff member – who had not had compulsory self-harm training – were not reported, inquest hears.

An inmate who killed himself at Winchester prison had asked a member of staff two days earlier about the best method of ending his life but his comments were never reported, an inquest has heard.

A jury at Winchester coroner’s court found that the jail’s failure to instigate appropriate self-harm support measures contributed to the death of Sean Plumstead, a father of two, who was discovered by his cellmate on the evening of 15 September last year.

A failure of staff to respond within there required five minutes to the emergency bell sounded by his cellmate could also have contributed to his death, it concluded on Wednesday.

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