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Family expresses relief at accident verdict on prisoner found dead in cell of drug overdose.

THE MOTHER of a prisoner who died from a drugs overdose spoke yesterday of her relief that an inquest jury decided his death was accidental.

Dad-of-three David Bounds, of Merthyr Tydfil, was found slumped over his desk in his cell, wearing only Cardiff Blues shorts and underwear.

His mother, Susan Bounds, 50, of Clos Pwll Glo, Merthyr Tydfil, said the jury's decision was the best outcome.

"People would target his children - and my grandchildren - if it came that his death was anything else," she said.

"I didn't want the children in the playground saying what he wasn't."

Bounds' partner, 28-year-old Leanne Barrett, paid tribute to him, saying: "He was a loving, caring man. He loved his kids and his family."

Bounds was found dead by prison officers at around 6am on Saturday, January 29, not February 6 as reported yesterday.

Officers said they could not attempt to resuscitate him as his body was already stiff from rigor mortis.

A piece of tin foil was found under his forehead, believed to be used in smoking the highly potent drug fentanyl.

The railway worker had been serving a sentence since May last year for stealing a Mercedes.

He was being held in E Wing of Cardiff Prison in a single cell with a personalised duvet and a stash of biscuits and snacks.

Bounds had draped a large Welsh flag along one wall, which had been signed by other inmates, a Cardiff inquest jury heard.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death due to an overdose of fentanyl.

A post-mortem examination found Bounds' blood contained 7.36 micrograms of fentanyl - almost three times the amount found in typical academic case studies.

The drug is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine. Richard Martin Jones carried out the examination at the University Hospital Wales.

He concluded that Bounds died from fentanyl toxicity, but did not rule out the impact of other drugs.

He also concluded Bounds had not died from an arrhythmia following a family history of the condition.

Bounds had three children - Elliot Walker, six, Evie Davis, one, and nine-month-old Elisha Bounds.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 25, 2011
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