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