Mum’s anger over inmate son’s suicide

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THE mum of a jailed 17-year-old boy who hanged himself after being bullied has said she wakes up to a nightmare every day and claimed prison staff in Wigan could have prevented his suicide.

Staff at Hindley youth offenders institution have been accused of failing to give Jake Hardy proper support before he fatally injured himself in his cell on January 20 2012. He was taken to hospital but died four days later.

The teenager, who was serving six months for affray and common assault, had previously complained that he was being picked on and had said that he was better off dead, charity INQUEST said.

An inquest jury at Bolton Coroner’s Court found that he had died as a result of his own deliberate act but that there was not enough evidence to prove he intended to commit suicide, and they highlighted a number of failures at the youth jail.

His mother Elizabeth Hardy said: “While we finally have some answers, as a family we have been shocked by the attitude of some of the officers, who clearly just didn’t care that my son was being bullied.

“Other officers took such small steps and but never followed it through to the end. If they had done their job properly they could have prevented Jake’s death.”