Inquiry ordered into immigration detainee’s death

Was found hanging in Glen Parva cell
19th May 2011: An inquiry has been ordered into the shocking incident of an immigration detainee’s death. He was found hanging in Glen Parva cell.
Just about a week after he was found hanging in his cell at a young offender institution, the detainee, Riliwanu Balogan, 21, passed away in hospital. The cell holds immigration detainees and young offenders.

The Prison Service said Balogan had been detained under immigration laws and was found hanging in his cell early on Sunday, May 8.

As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation, a Prison Service spokesman had earlier said.

He was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where he died. On suicide watch, Balogan was found hanging a day after his 21st birthday.  It is believed Balogan was from Nigeria.
The untimely death has again brought to fore the urgent need to have an independent review of the use of custody for children and young adults.

Highlighting the issue, Children and Young People Now asserted five teenagers died in apparent suicides in the space of just five weeks earlier this year.


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