In the Media

Prisoners tell inquest of sixth Styal death in a year

PUBLISHED April 12, 2005

A prisoner broke down in tears at an inquest yesterday as she remembered the night her fellow inmate Julie Walsh died after drinking antidepressant medicine stolen from a prison trolley.

Walsh, 39, died in August 2003 while on remand at Styal jail in Cheshire. She was the sixth woman to die at the prison in just over a year and five previous inquests have found that four of the women died by hanging and the sixth after an overdose.
The tally led to an inquiry by the prisons ombudsman and a series of recommendations for improving conditions at Styal.