Vul­ner­a­ble teen dies in jail de­spite sui­cide alert

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

A vul­ner­a­ble teenager has taken his own life within 48 hours of be­ing sent to Pol­mont Young Of­fend­ers’ In­sti­tu­tion.

Wil­liam Lind­say, 16, also known as Brown, was flagged up as a sui­cide risk and the Scot­tish Chil­dren’s Re­porter Ad­min­is­tra­tion (SCRA) and Glas­gow’s chief so­cial work of­fi­cer had re­quested for him to be placed in a se­cure unit, but there were no places avail­able.

The SCRA had also wanted Lind­say’s case to be kept within the chil­dren’s hear­ing sys­tem be­cause of his vul­ner­a­bil­ity, but this was over­ruled by the Crown Of­fice.

Lind­say ap­peared be­fore Glas­gow Sher­iff Court on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4, charged with pos­ses­sion of a knife, as­sault and breach of the peace.

His sui­cide has caused wide­spread con­cern within the SCRA, Glas­gow City Coun­cil, the Scot­tish Prison Ser­vice and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

His death comes af­ter Katie Allen, 21, who was jailed for drink driv­ing, also killed her­self in Pol­mont in June. Her par­ents claim that she was bul­lied by other pris­on­ers and re­peat­edly strip-searched by staff who failed to see or act upon her self-harm­ing wounds.

They are call­ing for a re­view of the way men­tal health is han­dled in the prison sys­tem.

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