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Just HOW do prisoners manage to hang themselves

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Dillydaydreaming Tue 31-Jan-12 14:12:45

The man accused of murdering the couple in the Midlands has been found dead in his cell.

[[ Link here]].

That poor family, if he was guilty they will now never know the why and how of it. If innocent then the man in question cannot clear his name.

There are several high profile cases where this has happened. Are people accused of these kind of crimes not watched?

Am guessing the prison service has seen lots of cuts like everywhere else though.

HungryHelga Tue 31-Jan-12 22:29:23

If people are determined to kill themselves, it's hard to stop them. You can probably hang yourself by making a makeshift noose out of trousers or shirt.

dontlaugh Tue 31-Jan-12 22:31:25

A prisoner hanged himself while awaiting his court appearance recently, he was in the cells below the court, being observed every 10 minutes. If someone is determined to do it, I would imagine it's very difficult to stop them, short of handcuffing them to a prison officer.

SardineQueen Tue 31-Jan-12 22:40:56


Sometimes prison officers provide the equipment
Or fellow inmates
You can hang yourself on your clothing if you are determined. A pair of trousers would do it.
Not hard if you really want to and are not being watched.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 31-Jan-12 22:42:07

Most cells have bunk beds, short noose from clothing and chuck yourself off the top bunk.

Pendeen Thu 02-Feb-12 16:20:20

What SardineQueen said.

I imagine there are more than a few willing asistants in prisons.

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