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Brutal death of 20yr-old inmate was 'avoidable'.

Byline: CATHAL MCMAHON

THE death of a 20-year-old man in prison was "avoidable and should not have happened", a report has concluded.

Gary Douch was beaten and kicked to death by fellow inmate Stephen Egan in a crowded cell at Mountjoy Prison in August 2006.

The report by the Commission of Investigation into the killing, published yesterday, strongly criticised the Irish Prison Service and the authorities at Mountjoy and Cloverhill prisons.

It also highlighted systemic and management failures on the part of the prison and psychiatric services and jail overcrowding as a factor in Douch's death.

Senior Counsel Grainne McMorrow conducted the investigation and described the tragedy as a watershed moment which brought about changes in prisons.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said: "The Commission's conclusion is clear - his death was avoidable and should not have happened."

Egan had psychiatric problems but had been transferred from the Central Mental Hospital to Cloverhill and then to Mountjoy. Director General of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donellan said they accepted the results.

Douch's mother Margaret Rafter called on Mr Shatter to implement and act on each and every one of the recommendations in the report.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2014
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