Ex-Clitheroe man (48) dies in Glasgow jail

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A former Clitheroe man died in a Scottish jail after suffering an abdominal haemorrhage, an inquiry heard.

Mr Martin Neil Hill (48), formerly of Lowergate, Clitheroe, was detained at HM Prison Barlinnie, Glasgow. He died on September 27th, 2013, following an intra-abdominal haemorrhage due to a ruptured pancreatic pseudocyst.

A post-mortem examination also revealed evidence of ischaemic heart disease.

Police ruled out any suspicious circumstances relating to Mr Hill’s death.

Under the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, an inquiry was held at Glasgow Sheriff Court in which it was revealed Mr Hill had been charged with two serious offences and been remanded in custody.

He was alone in his cell and there had been concerns he might be a suicide risk, so he was subject to observation every 15 minutes.

On September 24th, he was assessed as posing no apparent risk of suicide and therefore was no longer constantly observed. However, his physical and mental health was monitored on a regular basis and Mr Hill made no complaints about his physical health.

On September 27th, having finished his evening meal, Mr Hill returned to his cell, but was later found to be convulsing by prison officer Stephen Chopping.

Mr Chopping called for medical assistance and, in the meantime, he and a colleague went into the cell and placed a towel under Mr Hill’s head to alleviate his discomfort. When a nurse attended, Mr Hill appeared to recover, but complained of stomach pains which he attributed to the meal he had eaten earlier.

After some time the nurse left, but Mr Chopping remained with Mr Hill. Shortly after, Mr Hill became quiet and his breathing became more laboured.

Mr Chopping asked the nurse to return as a matter of urgency and, on his arrival, he found Mr Hill was unresponsive and not moving. The nurse found Mr Hill had no pulse or heartbeat. Attempts to resuscitate him with a defibrillator were made until an ambulance arrived. Mr Hill was pronounced dead later that evening.

The inquiry heard the haemorrhage of the cyst was sudden and unexpected. It concluded Mr Hill could not have survived.