Inquest of Mirfield man who died in prison

A PRISONER hanged himself in his cell while on suicide watch, an inquest has heard.

Gavin Lee Hogg was found dead at Armley Prison in February 2007, 10 months after starting a life sentence for murder.

Mechanic Mr Hogg, 35, formerly of Wellhouse Lane, Mirfield, had attached his bedsheet to a bolt in the wall and used it to hang himself.

He had been jailed for 20 years for the murder of David Burrows at the M and B depot in Ravensthorpe following a long-running feud.

His mother Christine Watson told the inquest her son had expected to get a sentence of two years and was shocked when he was given 20 years.

The court heard Mr Hogg was devastated when his appeal was dismissed and he told his mother repeatedly he didn’t want to live.

She said he told her in a tearful phonecall: “I will be 54 when I get out and I will never see you again – only on visits.”

Coroner David Hinchliff asked: “Did you think he would take his own life?” She replied: “Oh yes.”

He was put in a single cell for his safety and he was regularly watched. But he was found dead at 4am, just 30 minutes after he was last inspected.

Mrs Watson said: “I couldn’t understand how a prisoner who was closely monitored should have the chance and means to commit suicide.” The case continues.