Archive for the 'suicide' Category

Teenage deaths in prison cause mounting concern – The Guardian

“Campaigners have voiced mounting concern over the recent deaths of five teenagers in five jails across England in just five weeks. In the latest case, Ryan Clark, aged 17, was found hanging in his cell at Wetherby young offenders’ institution, near Leeds, while on remand on 18 April. He was the first person under the age of 18 to die in prison custody for more than three and a half years.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dr Kelly wounds ‘typical of self-inflicted injury’ – The Independent

“Wounds to the body of weapons inspector David Kelly were ‘typical of self-inflicted injury’, according to previously secret medical documents released today.  Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said he was publishing the documents on how Dr Kelly died ‘in the interests of maintaining public confidence in the inquiry into how Dr Kelly came by his death’. Lord Hutton, who conducted the inquiry into Dr Kelly’s death, ruled that the report should remain secret for 70 years, but there were a number of calls for another examination of the case.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

No charges following death of Caroline Loder – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that charges will not be brought against Dr Elisabeth Wilson and two individuals following the death of Caroline Loder at her home in Surrey on 8 June 2009.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 16th August 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

No prosecutions in Caroline Loder MS death probe – BBC news

“Three people arrested over the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer will not face prosecution, it has emerged.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Would-be suicide bombers jailed for life – BBC News

“Three men have been jailed for life for plotting to murder as suicide bombers.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Three men linked to liquid bomb plot guilty of conspiracy to murder – Crown Prosecution Service

“Today’s convictions of Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman are the culmination of years of determined work by the CPS and police, and brings to 12 the number of those successfully prosecuted following the arrests in relation to the liquid bomb plot, said Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 8th July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Criminal law: new offences, amendments and provisions – Law Society’s Gazette

“Significant parts of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 took effect during the spring of this year. On 1 February section 59 was brought into force amending the Suicide Act 1961. For the old offence under section 2, there is now substituted a provision that ‘a person (D) commits an offence if (a) D does an act capable of encouraging or assisting the suicide or attempted suicide of another person and (b) D’s act was intended to encourage or assist suicide or an attempt at suicide’.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 1st July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Rabone and another v Pennine Care NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Rabone and another v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 698; [2010] WLR (D) 152

“Health trusts did not have an obligation to take special preventive measures to protect voluntary mental patients from the risk of suicide, even where that risk was ‘real and immediate’. The obligation existed in the case of persons for whom the state had assumed responsibility by their detention under the Mental Health Act 1983.”

WLR Daily, 21st June 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

IPCC clear police over Thames Valley death – BBC News

“Thames Valley Police has been cleared of misconduct after a Buckinghamshire woman who was taken into custody killed herself a day after being released.”

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BBC News, 13th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Wiltshire coroner orders review into suicide – BBC News

“A coroner has ordered police and health services to review the way they treated a patient who hanged himself after being falsely accused of a sex assault.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pensioner who stabbed wife to death in failed suicide pact walks free – Daily Telegraph

“A pensioner walked free from court after being cleared of murdering his wife of 50 years whom he stabbed to death in a failed suicide pact.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pensioner cleared of killing wife of 50 years in failed suicide pact – The Guardian

“A pensioner was cleared yesterday of murdering his wife of 50 years, whom he stabbed to death in a failed suicide pact after she became mentally ill.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gatwick Airport firearm man given prison sentence – BBC News

“A man who wanted police to shoot him in a ‘desperate suicide bid’ has been jailed for threatening people with an imitation gun at Gatwick Airport.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Attorney General supports fresh inquest for student – BBC News

“The Attorney General has said there is an ‘unanswered question’ over the death of a north London student allegedly involved with a right-wing group.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Doctors demand formal inquest for Dr David Kelly – BBC News

“Six doctors are taking legal action to demand a formal inquest into the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly.”

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BBC News, 5th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Doctors ‘forced’ to allow suicide – BBC News

“Doctors were forced to allow a suicidal woman who had swallowed anti-freeze to die, because she refused medical help.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police errors contributed to suicide of tormented mother Fiona Pilkington – The Guardian

“Police errors and inaction were partly responsible for driving a vulnerable single mother to kill herself and her severely disabled daughter after years of abuse from youths, an inquest found today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police blame justice system for failures in mother daughter suicide case – Daily Telegraph

“Police could not act to stop a gang of youths terrorising a mother and her disabled daughter because the youth justice system is not set up to be tough against offenders, a leading police office told an inquest.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 25th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Coroner condemns Rye Hill jail where prisoner on suicide watch bled to death – The Guardian

“A coroner today (23 September) condemned ‘appalling and unacceptable conditions’ at a privately-run prison where an inmate on suicide watch was allowed to bleed to death. Aleksey Baranovsky, 33, a Ukrainian national, died in a blood-covered cell at HMP Rye Hill, Warwickshire, in June 2006.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inquest hears how police ‘did nothing’ for harassed family – The Guardian

“A mother who apparently killed herself and her disabled daughter by setting fire to their car had faced years of abuse from youths and children, but police ‘did nothing’ despite her repeated pleas for help, an inquest heard today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mental health killings increase – BBC News

“The number of people killed by those with a mental illness increased between 1997 and 2005, official figures show.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Paula Gilfoyle and Carolaine Rainey: the remarkable similarities – The Times

“The similarities are remarkable. Two women found hanged in their garages a couple of weeks before their first babies were due.”

Full story

The Times, 13th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Findings on pregnant suicide open Eddie Gilfoyle case to doubt – The Times

“Crucial new evidence has emerged that casts doubt on the conviction of a man serving a life sentence for the murder of his pregnant wife.”

Full story

The Times, 13th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Verdict on prison death quashed – BBC News

“A fresh inquest has been ordered into the death of a prison inmate who was found hanged in his cell.”

Full story

BBC News, 3rd April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions – Times Law Reports

Regina (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions

Court of Appeal

“The refusal by the Director of Public Prosecutions to publish detailed guidance as to the circumstances in which individuals would or would not be prosecuted for assisting another person to commit suicide was lawful.”

The Times, 24th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Woman’s anti-suicide Asbo to stay – BBC News

“Magistrates have refused to lift an Asbo on a woman who has made repeated seaside suicide attempts.”

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BBC News, 20th February 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gassed children unlawfully killed – BBC News

“A father killed himself and his two young children after splitting from their mother, an inquest has heard.”

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BBC News, 20th February 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

R (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2009] EWCA Civ 92; [2009] WLR (D) 62

The Director of Public Prosecutions did not act unlawfully in failing to publish detailed guidance as to the circumstances in which individuals would or would not be prosecuted for assisting another person to commit suicide.”

WLR Daily, 19th February 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Jury blasts staff over death in cell – The Times

“Staff at a privately run jail failed to do all they could to ensure the safety of an inmate who killed himself while suffering a mental illness, a coroner’s jury ruled yesterday.”

Full story 

The Times, 10th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Prison suicides down, but no room for complacency, says minister – The Guardian

“The number of inmates who kill themselves in jails in England and Wales fell last year, according to figures published yesterday by the Ministry of Justice.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – WLR Daily

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2008] UKHL 74; [2008] WLR (D) 386

Where there was a real and immediate risk of a patient detained in a mental hospital committing suicide, art 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as scheduled to the Human Rights Act 1998, imposed an operational obligation on the medical authorities to do all that could reasonably be expected of them to prevent him doing so.”

WLR Daily, 15th December 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Times Law Reports

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

House of Lords

“The right to life protected by article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights imposed an operational obligation on medical authorities to do all that could reasonably be expected of them to prevent a patient detained in a mental hospital who was known to be at a real and immediate risk of committing suicide from doing so.”

The Times, 11th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Daughter wins legal battle over mother’s suicide – The Independent

“The daughter of a mentally-ill woman who walked out of a hospital and threw herself under a train has won the final round of her battle for the right to sue the local health trust for damages. ”

Full story

The Independent, 10th December 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Net Suicide Bill would breathe life into government censorship – The Register

“Government moves to reduce the availability of suicide sites on the internet may herald a new era of online censorship in the UK.”

Full story

The Register, 24th September 2008

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Father jailed after faked suicide – BBC News

“A father from South Yorkshire who faked his suicide before using his mobile phone to report his disappearance to police has been jailed for 12 months.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Suicide websites – Law Commission

“We are pleased to see that the Government has announced its intention to amend the language of section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 17th September 2008

www.lawcom.gov.uk

Estate agent kills himself after sex harassment case – Daily Telegraph

“An estate agent has killed himself two weeks after being ordered to pay a former employee tens of thousands of pounds for sexual harassment.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Eddie Gilfoyle: judges’ error over suicide note gives husband hope of appeal – The Times

“A glaring error by judges in the case of a man accused of killing his wife by faking her suicide is to be used in a fresh attempt to clear his name.”

Full story

The Times, 4th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Father kills himself in dock after guilty verdict – Daily Telegraph

“An abusive father killed himself in the dock of a court after being found guilty of a brutal assault on his baby daughter.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Suicide websites and internet chatrooms could be closed down – Daily Telegraph

“Websites that encourage people to commit suicide could be shut down under changes to the law, it was disclosed today.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prison suicide inquiry could cast doubt on Lin Russell murder verdict – The Independent

“Detectives have launched an investigation into the death of a police and prison informant who was found hanged in his jail cell. The probe into Paul Day’s suicide, shortly after he told a solicitor he wished to retract false evidence he gave in a series of high-profile cases, including the 1996 murders of Lin and Megan Russell, raises the prospect of manslaughter charges and the possible unravelling of some major criminal cases.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st June 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Young deaths coverage questioned – BBC News

“The way in which the apparent suicides of young people in Bridgend was covered by the media is to be debated later.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Corr v IBC Vehicles Ltd – WLR Daily

Corr v IBC Vehicles Ltd [2008] UKHL 13; WLR (D) 62

“Where the deceased’s suicide had been the direct result of a depressive illness from which he had been suffering, which had been the direct and foreseeable consequence of an accident for which his employer was liable, his widow was entitled to claim damages under s 1 of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. No reduction should be made for contributory negligence.”

WLR Daily, 27th February 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Widow wins compensation over husband’s work-related suicide – The Times

“The widow of a man who killed himself six years after an industrial accident should be compensated by his former employers, the House of Lords said this morning.”

Full story

The Times, 27th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Schools on alert after 17th Bridgend suicide – The Times

“Experts are to be sent into every school in Bridgend as part of an urgent strategy drawn up to halt the spate of suicides in a small area of South Wales that claimed a 17th young victim yesterday.”

Full story

The Times, 20th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Brother keeps murder bail cash – BBC News

“The brother of a man who is thought to have killed himself and his mother-in-law while awaiting trial will not lose his £200,000 bail bond.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Task force to tackle harmful web content – Daily Telegraph

“A task force is to look at ways to tackle illegal and undesirable content on the internet and to consider action against websites that encourage suicide and self-harm.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2008
Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Coroner denies 13 suicides are linked – BBC News

“The coroner investigating the suicides of 13 young people in and around Brigend has said he does not believe the deaths are connected.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The short and desperate life of Petra, the girl nobody helped – The Observer

“Petra Blanksby killed herself aged 19 after she was jailed for arson – she had tried to burn herself following years of abuse. Now the coroner at her inquest is urging changes in the prison service.”

Full story

The Observer, 3rd February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Web review examines suicide spate – BBC News

“An official review of internet sites which encourage suicide is expected to include an examination of a recent cluster of deaths in south Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sensitivity and suicide – The Guardian

“Extensive coverage last week of the suspected ‘copycat’ suicides of seven young people in Bridgend, south Wales – and the publication in one paper earlier this month of the picture of a young City banker as he leapt to his death from a hotel window – have reignited concerns about how suicide is reported.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jail experts to tackle suicide surge – The Observer

“A specialist investigation team is to be sent into one of Britain’s high-security jails after five of its prisoners committed suicide in just over a year.”

Full story

The Observer, 20th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call to ban ‘suicide chatrooms’ – BBC News

“The father of an 18-year-old man who accessed ‘suicide chatrooms’ on the internet before killing himself, has called for a law to close them down.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bail rules inquiry after officer on murder charge kills himself and trial witness – The Guardian

“The Ministry of Justice said last night it will urgently review its guidance to judges in the wake of the tragic consequences of a decision to grant bail to a senior police officer accused of murdering his wife.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Times Law Reports

Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Court of Appeal

“To establish that a hospital at which a suicide had been a detained mental patient was in breach of the right to life guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, the claimant had to show that at the time of the suicide the hospital knew or ought to have known of the existence of a real and immediate risk to her life from self-harm and that it failed to take measures which reasonably might have been expected to avoid that risk.”

The Times, 9th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law \Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.
 


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