Youth dies at detention centre
z Mikey kampanje Powell
Originally published 29septembra 2004
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Gareth Myatt of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, je bil 15 years old when he died days after starting a sentence at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre in Northants. He was being restrained by staff when he lost consciousness, Gareth was one of the youngest people to die in the British prison system, and sparked further fury and debate about methods of restraint used in Young Offender Institutions (YOI’s).
A post-mortem examination in April 2004 had proved inconclusive. Officers investigating the death initially revealed Gareth was being restrained by three members of staff (two men and a woman) when he lost consciousness.
Detective Chief Inspector Charles Moffat, from Northamptonshire Police’s homicide and major crime team said the purpose of his investigation was to determine whether criminal charges should be brought at an individual or corporate level. “This is an extremely serious incident which will be investigated most thoroughly with the full cooperation of the other agencies involved,” je dejal. “Our findings will be passed to both the coroner and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Rainsbrook Secure Training Unit Detective Chief Inspector Charles Moffat added: “The incident occurred at about 9.15pm and it was necessary for staff to exercise their normal techniques of physical control and care in dealing with Gareth, while that procedure was being undertaken he lost consciousness.”
Following a post mortem examination at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, police said further tests will need to be carried out.
An ambulance was called to the detention unit after Gareth reportedly lost consciousness. He was pronounced dead at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. Northamptonshire Police said a senior investigating officer has been appointed to oversee the case and an incident room has been set up at Towcester Police Station. The privately run Rainsbrook Centre houses 76 youngsters aged from 12 s 17, most of whom have been convicted of serious crimes.
After Gareth’s death, The Youth Justice Board announced that it had suspended the use of the “seated double embrace restraint” – which involves securing the youngster in a hold while on a chair or bed – was suspended.
This was applied within all juvenile centres’ pending a full review into the potential medical implications of the hold. The three guards had not been suspended, but a spokesman said they had been removed from duties directly involving children while the police investigation continued.
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