Published 10th May 2024

Jury Finds Neglect led to death of Christine McDonald at HMP Styal

Christine McDonald died by suicide contributed by neglect at HMP Styal in Cheshire in March 2019, just days after a traumatic arrest which related to challenges with addiction.
Today, a jury concluded that there was a gross failure to provide care and attention to Christine that directly contributed to her death.

Christine’s death is one of 26 at the prison since 2007, eleven of which were self-inflicted. This is more deaths than in any other women’s prison in England and Wales.

Jane Ryan, Catherine Shannon and Basanti Mardemootoo of Bhatt Murphy act with Alison Gerry of Doughty Street Chambers on behalf of Christine’s family.

Please see press release here.

Contact a member of the Bhatt Murphy team today