Ombudsman: teenager's death in Wandsworth prison 'appalling'

Osvaldas Pagirys, 18, was arrested for stealing sweets, and found hanging unconscious three months later

The death of a distressed Lithuanian teenager in the segregation unit of Wandsworth prison after he was arrested for stealing sweets has been condemned as “appalling and tragic” by the prisons and probation ombudsman.

An investigation by the acting ombudsman has found that on the day of his death, Osvaldas Pagirys, aged 18, had rung a bell in his segregation cell but it took prison staff 37 minutes to respond – by which time he was found hanging unconscious.

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