INQUESTS have been carried into the deaths of three men who died while in the care of Her Majesty’s Prison Service.
Terrence Sharland, 66, Philip Wilson, 51 and Frederick Mayes, 71, all died while serving prison sentences at HMP Channings Wood.
Mr Sharland, a retired keyboard operative, was found collapsed in his cell on February 13 this year and was admitted to Torbay Hospital where he died the following day.
An inquest heard that the cause of his death was a heart, kidney and liver failure.
In a report, Dr Jon Ingham, told the inquest: “Mr Sharland was taken into the intensive care unit at Torbay Hospital where it became clear that his multiple organ failure was intractable and he would not survive.
“Active treatment was stopped and he died with his family at his side.”
South Devon coroner Ian Arrow said there was nothing suspicious about Mr Sharland’s death and recorded a natural cause of death verdict.
Meanwhile Mr Wilson, a divorced man from Leeds, was also admitted to hospital after feeling unwell.
The Leeds-born inmate was taken to hospital on February 14 this year and despite treatment died a few days later.
A post mortem examination revealed that Mr Wilson had a blood infection, an infection of the heart, Hepatitis C and cirrhosis.
Prison doctor Andrew Tucker, told an inquest into his death: “On the day he was admitted there were concerns for his health as he was unwell and coughing.
“He was barely responsive and his speech was slurred.
“I examined him and noticed a heart murmur.
“I told him he was at risk of pneumonia and a heart attack and he agreed to be taken to hospital.”
Recording a natural cause of death, South Devon coroner Ian Arrow said: “Mr Wilson was admitted to hospital but his health declined and he died there a few days later.”
Frederick Mayes, from Kilburn, had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer, at Totnes Hospital when his heath took a turn for the worse.
He was identified to coroner Ian Arrow by prison chaplain Rev Nick Martin who said he had known him since his arrival at Channings Wood in 2009.
An inquest heard how Mr Mayes died of pneumonia, embolism and throat cancer. His death was not unexpected.
As with the other two inmates, Mr Mayes’ death was recorded as being due to natural causes.