Huge out-of-court settlement by for failed suicide bid

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  1. WTF??

    THE Prison Service was accused of a cover-up yesterday as it maintained a veil of silence over a massive compensation payout to a suicidal inmate.

    It has repeatedly refused to give details of the incident that led to a £575,000 out-of-court settlement to a young prisoner at Northallerton Young Offenders' Institution.

    Now an official question is to be tabled to the Home Office by an outraged MP, demanding to know the circumstances behind the huge payment.

    Leading Liberal Democrat MP Phil Willis, who campaigns against the waste of public money, said: "The public have a right to know when sums of this nature are being spent."

    Mr Willis, who is calling for an inquiry, said: "We've just got to get to the truth of the matter."

    The Northern Echo exclusively reported how the payout was made after the unknown prisoner, aged between 18 and 21, attempted to take his own life and was saved by prison officers. It is believed that his claim centred on an alleged breach of human rights.

    Although the payment was made last year, it is believed the incident happened several years ago.

    The Prison Officers' Association (POA) is preparing to take the issue up with the Government's powerful all-party Public Accounts Committee in an attempt to get to the heart of the matter.

    The assistant secretary of the association, Glyn Travis, said: "We have been trying to find out the name of the prisoner and the year that whatever happened took place, but no one has any recollection and the Prison Service isn't saying.

    "This should be a public issue. People should know why this young boy has received so much money."

    The POA has no records of any officer at the prison being disciplined or sacked over negligence or misconduct at the time the incident is rumoured to have happened, about four or five years ago.

    Mr Travis said: "This is like a cloak-and-dagger mystery. There should be openness and transparency. What is wrong with telling people?

    "If there was some fault then fine, let the public know - otherwise it seems like a massive cover-up."

    The local Tory MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague, has already labelled the payment a disgrace and plans to ask questions of his own.
  2. Any why shouldn't the criminal be given half a million quid of taxpayers money for having his life saved?
  3. I've no idea what the true reason was behind that payout, but it must have had the potential for a real slating for the Prison Service, which makes me think that if the Prison Service did its job properly, then the tax payer wouldn't be losing so much money.

    I wonder if anyone will lose their job for it?
  4. Never been known in a case like this. If a Prison Officer could be proved to have aided and abetted the attempt it might lead to that.
  5. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    If he sued under an infringement of the Human Rights Act, it is more likely that he was complaining about his life being saved by the POs.

    Having said that isn't suicide, or attempted suicide still illegal?
  6. One word

    Two letters

    Starts with N

    Answer - NN

    Just sh1t myslef with rage - back in a min!
  7. perhaps people are barking up the wrong tree. how about if he tried to kill himself as a result of the treatment he received from prison officers? that would fit the breach of human rights thing. or if they turned a blind eye to e.g. abuse from his cellmate?

    can't think of any other circumstances which might fit the massive amount of compensation paid. must be something highly embarrassing for the prison service.
  8. I think some of you are missing the point. Perhaps it was the conduct of the PO's or indeed, something wrong within the recognised system which caused him to want to top himself.

    He might be a little c*nt, but that doesn't excuse the Prison Service for failing in its duty to look after him. If they've jst shelled out that amount of cash in an out of court settlement....they were at fault.
  9. The little scrote should have been on suicide watch and the relevant 2052SH form filled in. The prison officers will have been aware of his mental state through daily dealings with the poor misunderstood soul 8O The 2052SH states that the inmate should be checked every 15 minutes which is why his attempt was discovered. As for the Prison Service acting cloak and dagger, so much for the Freedom of Information Act. If they've got nothing to hide why settle out of court and not take it all the way :x
  10. Biscuits the point is that our paid agents have just put out a large amount of public funds.

    We do not know why these people have spent our money. If it is because they have done something wrong whilst acting on our behalf then the people who have done something wrong must be held to account.

    If it is easier to pay out people than prove that our paid agents have done nothing wrong, then we need to change the system.

    Either way we need to examine the system we have in place and make sure that it serves the public good, not the good of inmates or those who are paid to lok after them.
  11. Lesson to be learned .............

    Save a chav then pay big bucks.................

    Let the little f**ker swing and pay the family a lot less!

    Note to the Home Office it make good financial sense to let suicide attempts succeed as you no longer have to house or feed them and the compensation payouts to bereaved families ultimately are a lot less (Less than £10k in some cases)