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Wormwood Scrubs prisoner death ‘directly caused’ by guards who left him isolated for two days


A prisoner died after being left with no meals or remedy for two days at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, an inquest has heard.

Winston Augustine had been left utterly isolated whereas he was in remand and awaiting a sentence for theft.

He was discovered hanged in his cell and affected by hunger in his segregation cell at Wormwood Scrubs Prison on August 30, 2018.

The horrific therapy Winston was topic to contributed to his death concluded a ten day inquest at West London Coroner’s Court on Friday (May 21.)

“Winston relied on the jail service,” learn the eight individual jury’s assertion. “His fundamental wants weren’t met which contributed to his death.

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“The failure to fulfil Winston’s fundamental necessities whereas on the segregation unit of the statutory regime and provision of meals and medicine had been contributing elements in the direction of his death.”

An extended record of things got displaying how Winston was left isolated and uncared for when he was susceptible.

Evidence from 45 witnesses given over eight-and-a-half days confirmed that workers had not been educated correctly, didn’t present common well being checks and didn’t report or use documentation.

There additionally was no communication between healthcare workers and managers.

When quizzed by the jury why jail guards didn’t know that Winston was susceptible since healthcare workers claimed they didn’t hand over data attributable to ‘knowledge safety’.

At the time of Winston’s death, Wormwood Scrubs coverage was to not increase concern about prisoners consuming until they’d not eaten for 72 hours.

Girlfriend Kimberley Chambers, mum Catherine Slatter and cousin Diane Martin with an image of Winston Augustine

Coroner Dr Anton Van Dellen expressed his concern {that a} man might be present in a state of hunger in an English jail.

He stated: “It is regarding that in a English jail Winston didn’t obtain meals for so long as he did.”

Winston had been out and in of jail over time and had the assist of his girlfriend Kimberley Chambers who raised the alarm when he missed his each day telephone name to her.

However following Winston’s death the jail now checks on prisoners in the event that they miss a number of meals.

Coroner Dellen decided that no Prevention of Future Deaths Report was wanted since Wormwood Scrubs had made the suitable adjustments since Winston’s death.

The jail says it now checks prisoners rather more not too long ago and healthcare workers now work rather more carefully with jail workers to make sure important well being data is shared about prisoners.

Winston’s cousin beforehand informed MyLondon Winston had been on and off medication as he tried to cope with painful well being issues which had gotten him into crime.

A yr earlier than his death Winston had accepted an award from Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow and he labored with Safe Ground, a charity which works with prisoners and offenders.

Through his work Winston had offered his work and concepts about sensible rehabilitation to the House of Lords.

‘He would stroll to the tip of the earth for anybody’

Paying tribute to her son Catherine Slatter spoke a couple of man who cherished his household.

She stated: “If anyone within the household wanted assist Winston would assist. He would all the time be

the primary one there to do issues for me.

“I’ve seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Winston had quite a lot of time for them

and was very household oriented.

“We did quite a bit as a household collectively, we had a really sturdy bond. I’ll miss him a lot.”

Winston’s long-term associate Kimberley Chambers added: “It’s exhausting to sum up and put into phrases how a lot of an important man that he was.

“He would all the time increase my spirits when life has received me down. He was very light, variety and humorous.”

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Winston performed a big function in elevating Kimberley’s two kids Kai and Natasha, who he had ‘real love and care in the direction of.’

He would all the time attend Kai’s Sunday soccer matches and inform him the way to higher use his left foot.

“He was superb with birthdays, Christmas, and making them really feel particular for each event” continued Kimberley.

“He would stroll to the tip of the earth for anybody he cherished.”

Winston’s stepson Kai added: “He helped to construct me Into the younger man I’m at present” whereas his step daughter Natasha stated: “He was the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel for my mum and took me and my brother on as if we had been his personal.”