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Support For Family of Irishman Found Dead In British Jail

16 February, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Prison issues Gerry Kelly has added his voice to those supporting the demands for a review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Donegal man John Boyle who was found hanged in Wormwood Scrubs prison in 1994.

Mr Kelly said:

"John Boyle was found hanged in Wormwood Scrubs prison in December 1994. A post mortem revealed that he had multiple wounds on his body. He had been moved to an isolation unit after he protested against the strip searching of two of his visitors. At the inquest into John Boyle's death the coroner returned an open verdict.

"Despite this the Metropolitan Police concluded that there had been no impropriety in John Boyle's death. It has now emerged that in the period since 1994 the Prison Service has been forced to pay out over £2million in compensation to prisoners for assaults and mock hangings carried out by prison staff at Wormwood Scrubs.

"The Boyle family are now demanding that the circumstances surrounding the death of John Boyle be re-examined. Given the information already in the public domain this is the very least that this family should be granted at this time and I would urge that this review would take place speedily and that the full findings be made available to the Boyle family." ENDS

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