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Prisoner's death 'was avoidable'

Craiginches Prison in Aberdeen [Pic: Press and Journal]
Dylan Stickle died in Craiginches in Aberdeen in 2006

The death of a Shetland man in his prison cell in Aberdeen could have been prevented, a fatal accident inquiry has concluded.

Dylan Stickle, 25, was found dead having hung himself at Craiginches prison in 2006.

He was assessed as being of "no apparent risk" of suicide or self harm, but had made previous attempts.

The FAI found his death may have been prevented if admission procedures had been properly implemented.

Mr Stickle was in Craiginches for the purpose of obtaining reports prior to sentence for a breach of the peace charge.

SPS expresses sympathy with his family for the loss of Dylan Stickle. SPS will consider and address the findings in the inquiry report
Scottish Prison Service spokesman

He was placed in a cell with another prisoner, who was later released.

A member of prison staff conducted a regular evening cell check and saw Mr Stickle lying awake on the top bunk in his cell.

However, the next morning he was found dead in the cell.

The inquiry heard he had tried to hang himself during a previous stay in the same prison. This led to Mr Stickle being flagged as at risk.

But the inquiry found that on his re-admission to the jail, not enough attention was paid to Mr Stickle's records.

Good system

It also found Mr Stickle should have been assessed as at risk when he was admitted to the prison before his death, and if he had been his death might have been prevented.

It was said to be a defective operation of an otherwise good system.

The findings said Mr Stickle had expressed suicidal intentions over many years and had repeatedly either attempted or apparently attempted to commit suicide.

The evidence was to the effect that his eventual suicide was possibly more or less inevitable, but his death on the day in question might have been prevented.

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: "SPS expresses sympathy with his family for the loss of Dylan Stickle.

"SPS will consider and address the findings in the inquiry report."

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