Imate’s suicide blamed on prison officers who left her with a noose

Three prison officers who failed to remove a noose from the cell of prisoner who was at ‘rock bottom’ were responsible for her suicide, the Old Bailey heard. James Abbot, 43, Laura Bird, 26, and Emma Cass, 25, were working at HMP Downview in Banstead, Surrey when Leona Burn killed herself. Ms Burn was ignored when she warned staff she wanted to take her own life, it is claimed. Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said: ‘On 2 March 2017, Leona Burn,…

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