Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, who investigates deaths in Prison Service ‘cannot be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is dying in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland…

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RTE News Ireland, 29 March 2011 – The PSNI has begun a criminal investigation after the Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman said a prison officer planted a note in the cell of a dissident republican suspect.

Probe into Maghaberry prison cell note

The PSNI has begun a criminal investigation after the Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman said a prison officer planted a note in the cell of a dissident republican suspect.
The Prison Service of Northern Ireland says a member of staff has been suspended following the report by the ombudsman.
In a statement, the Prison Service said the prison officer was suspended in accordance with its code of discipline.
‘We have launched a disciplinary investigation into this matter which has been adjourned pending the outcome of the police inquiry.’
The note is believed to have contained personal details about the then Governor of Maghaberry Prison, Steve Rodford.
Mr Rodford resigned in December 2009 because of fears he faced a security threat.
Prisoner Ombudsman Pauline McCabe found that on the balance of probabilities, a member of prison staff planted the note in the cell of Brendan McConville, who is charged with the murder of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon two years ago.
Mr McConville’s lawyer wrote to the Ombudsman alleging that his client had been set up by prison staff opposed to planned reforms within the prison.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0329/psni.html

Photo: Brendan Lillis who is now more then 450 days in bed in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland.  He has lost half of his body weight and is too weak to move, yet Maghaberry prison refuses to provide IV nourishment to him.  He risks to die one of the coming days.

Friends of Brendan Lillis
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Write to Brendan:
Brendan Lillis, Maghaberry Gaol, Prison Hospital, Upper Ballinderry Road, Lisburn Co. Antrim, North of Ireland BT 28 2PT.

Brussels, 30.6.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Dear Madam,

Concerns: the deaths in Maghaberry prison, Brendan Lillis actually dying in the Maghaberry prison

Thanks for your reply.

It is very strange that, while you are pretending to investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prison custody (from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was even extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), you ‘can not comment and can not be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is very sick and is dying now in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where there were 3 deaths during the past 3 months.

You say that these matters are for Minister for Justice Ford and the prison authorities.

Many people wrote to Minister Ford and the prison authorities but they didn’t receive an answer.

Have they to wait until they can go to the funeral of Brendan ?

Don’t forget that you are an prisoner ombudsman. So, it is your work to DO something for prisoners.

Remember also that if you do not help a sick prisoner who risks to die, you can be prosecuted as this prisoner dies.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Boeykens
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven
Belgium

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Photo: Pauline McCabe and her team

Brussels, 29.6.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Dear Madam,

I read that with effect from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to investigate deaths in Prison Service Custody.

There were now 3 deaths on 3 months, in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland and Brendan Lillis who is very sick and lies during more than 450 days in bed, is dying in this prison.

He needs urgent help from you.

Jan Boeykens
Belgium
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven

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Monday, 30 May 2011

The Prison Service has gone beyond the point of crisis after the deaths of three people in custody within a month, an expert has claimed.

Queen’s University professor Phil Scraton of the Action Prison reform group said the treatment of inmates with mental health issues was simply not good enough.

Lyn Edwards, the mother of one of the inmates who died earlier this month, said the system was failing in its duty of care towards her son. Aaron Hogg, 21, from North Belfast, was awaiting trial in Maghaberry Prison over attempted murder.

“The whole system let Aaron down,” she said.

She had written a letter just saying how vulnerable he was, that he was in their care and it was up to them to look after him, she told the BBC.

“There are a lot of people in there with mental health issues who are just put in there, locked up, forgotten about, and that’s it,” she added.

Professor Scraton said the Prison Service was not fit for purpose.

“I gave evidence to the prison review a few weeks back and I called it an institutionalised malaise,” he said.

“When something continues as long as the problems we have in our prisons have continued, it’s no longer a crisis, a crisis is something that comes to a head and you recover very quickly.”

Earlier this month, a man aged 19 and a woman aged 23 were found dead in their cells in Hydebank Young Offenders Centre.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/prison-service-past-crisis-point-16005798.html

 

Mai 29, 2011

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Dear Sir,

Concerns: HMP MAGHABERRY Prison

After the examination of the high-level Irish Government delegation by the UN Committee against Torture on 23 and 24 May 2011, the situation in Irish prisons has deteriorated…

As you know the health situation of the 59 old prisoner Brendan Lillis who is detained in MAGHABERRY Prison, is very critical and he needs urgent hospitalisation.

Another prisoner was found dead in his cell.

The prisoner Harry Fitzsimons has recieved a severe beating this morning. They went into his cell this morning, holding their hands over his mouth and nose to stop his breathing, punching his face they broke his glasses he has cuts on his face, they tried to break his nose, then they brutally ripped every stitch of clothing off his body.
One said he is unrecognisable, he has a suspected broken wrist an ribs due to the severe punching to his body,

I just heard that the prisoners don’t have visit from their Priest, or any outside contact and that the prison facilitators, as provided for in Maghaberry’s own rules, are not allowed.

I hear also that the screws are messing around with the mail and POWs may not be getting their mail.

May I request your urgent intervention in this matter?

I am waiting your answer.

Kindly,

Jan Boeykens
Faiderstraat 10
1060 Brussels
Belgium

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HMP MAGHABERRY Prison
17 Old Road Ballinderry Upper County Antrim BT28 2PT
Northern Ireland
Phone No.
028 92611888
Governor / Director: Pat Maquire