In­quest is told how a man who pulled gun on son died in prison

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A MAN who pulled a loaded pis­tol on his son be­fore de­lib­er­ately caus­ing a gas leak which led to fears of a mas­sive ex­plo­sion, died of a heart at­tack in prison, an in­quest heard.

Michael Slevin, 63, was sev­eral months into a six-year prison sen­tence when he was found col­lapsed in his cell by a fel­low in­mate at HMP Buck­ley Hall in Rochdale.

The for­mer me­chanic was jailed in Oc­to­ber 2016 after a row with his son over a cat, which re­sulted in him threat­en­ing him with a home-made hand­gun at their home in Ec­cles.

Michael’s wife, Karen Slevin, later dis­cov­ered that her hus­band had re­moved a pipe from the gas me­ter - caus­ing a life-threat­en­ing leak, which led to eight homes be­ing evac­u­ated.

He was jailed for six years with an ex­tended li­cence pe­riod of three years, after ad­mit­ting dam­ag­ing prop­erty, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing life, pos­ses­sion of a firearm with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence, and pos­sess­ing pro­hib­ited items.

An in­quest at the Phoenix Cen­tre in Hey­wood heard that he had been a ‘pop­u­lar’ and ‘well-re­spected’ in­mate at the Cat­e­gory C prison.

He was a reg­u­lar smoker and drinker but had no known phys­i­cal health prob­lems when he en­tered the prison.

Yet, on the morn­ing of Fe­bru­ary 20, 2017, an­other in­mate dis­cov­ered Mr Slevin slumped in his cell after suf­fer­ing what later emerged as a heart at­tack.

The coro­ner con­cluded that Mr Slevin’s death was a re­sult of nat­u­ral causes.

A Home Of­fice post-mortem con­ducted by Dr Charles Wil­son con­firmed he had died from a heart at­tack as a re­sult of Coronary Heart Dis­ease.

Manch­ester Crown Court pre­vi­ously heard that Mr Slevin’s mo­tive for tam­per­ing with the gas pipe had been to kill him­self.

Fol­low­ing his ar­rival to HMP Buck­ley Hall, Mr Slevin’s blood pres­sure was recorded as el­e­vated, but no fol­low-up ever took place.

Heather Jack­son, head of health­care at Manch­ester Men­tal Health NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, told the hear­ing that this had de­vi­ated from na­tional guide­lines.

An ex­pert car­di­ol­o­gist con­cluded that the fail­ure to mon­i­tor Mr Slevin’s blood pres­sure had ‘no ma­te­rial bear­ing’ on his death, but Mrs Jack­son as­sured the court that steps had been taken to im­prove the mon­i­tor­ing of pris­on­ers’ health.

●●Michael Slevin was found col­lapsed in his cell by a fel­low in­mate

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