First today the jury heard from Officer David Reid, a guard at the prison and one of two officers who discovered Mr. Liorancas hanging in his cell on January 28th.
He told the court:
"We found Mr. Liorancas hanging by a ligature he had wrapped around his neck and attached to a picture support bracket which was on the wall."
"Officer Davies supported his weight and I cut the ligature. We laid him flat on the floor and removed the rest of the ligature. Officer Davies started CPR and continued to do so."
– Officer David Reid
"His eyes were open but they were opaque. There was no response from them. It was at that point I presumed he was dead."
Officer Reid also described how he used his 'fishknife' to cut the ligature from Liorancas's neck. This is a tool carried by all prison officers, specifically for the purpose of cutting ligatures from prisoners. This was the first time Officer Reid had used his.