Shaun Beasley's family say the inquest's verdict confirms their judgement that he had been 'let down'. In a statement, they said 'he was highly vulnerable and suffered from serious mental ill health. He had a history of self-harm and had made several serious suicide attempts.'
They say, on the night of his death, Mr Beasley phoned to say he could not cope. His sister immediately called the prison to tell them of his state of mind. He was already on half-hour observations, but that was not increased and he was found hanging in his cell shortly after midnight.
– Donna Ridgely, Shaun Beasley's sister
We would like to thank the Coroner and the jury for a very thorough investigation. We hope that this verdict will help us to move on from this very terrible time in our lives. The verdict has confirmed what we have always felt; we have always felt that Shaun had been let down and it is very important to us that there has been public recognition of this.
– Stephen Webber, family solicitor
The family is pleased that changes have been made that will hopefully avoid anyone having to go through this tragedy in the future. This very sad case has brought to light problems which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Despite the family alerting the prison to their concerns for Shaun’s safety and wellbeing, the prison failed in their duty of care. In cases where prisons are run by private companies, there need to be strict protocols and procedures in place to ensure that safety is put first and incidents like this are prevented as far as possible.