Boy, 15, is forced back to prison after suicide bid

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who tried to kill himself after being sent to Britain's toughest young offenders institution has been forced to return there despite protests from doctors who fear he has suffered brain damage.

William Pasquale, who has learning difficulties, was found with a makeshift noose around his neck in his cell at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, Middlesex, where four boys have already committed suicide.

His suicide attempt came just hours after he arrived at the prison to serve a two-month sentence following an incident with a stolen car.

Last night penal reform campaigners condemned the Prison Service for refusing to release the teenager on compassionate grounds - especially as he only has a few days left to serve of his sentence.

Police investigating the incident, which happened last month, are treating it as "suspicious". The prison is also conducting its own internal inquiry.

The boy's solicitor had warned that William was at risk because it was his first offence and prison would be his first time away from home.

However, he was sent to Feltham, the largest young offenders institute in Europe, and put in a cell with three boys.

He was found hanging from a sheet early the next morning and one of his cell mates was left to resuscitate him while they waited for a nurse to arrive.

Medical notes show that William suffered a cardiac arrest after his suicide attempt. He was taken to St Peter's Hospital in Surrey then transferred to St George's Hospital in Tooting.

Doctors advised that William, who was on a life support machine for several days, would possibly attempt suicide again and recommended he stay in the hospital.

However, prison guards came to take him away when he was able to stand up and talk again.

William has already made another attempt to harm himself and is now on 24-hour suicide watch in the health care centre at Feltham.

The Howard League, which campaigns for penal reform, is now taking Hounslow Council to court to force it to intervene.

"We feel for a full and independent investigation to be done, the local authority should intervene," said Fran Russell of the Howard League.

However, Hounslow Council says it does not have the legal jurisdiction to intervene.

Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the Prison Service said that it was not prepared to release the teenager because it could encourage inmates to harm themselves in order to obtain early release.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Client Accountant Team Manager - Reading

Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: You will also work alongside their seasoned sa...

Recruitment Genius: Assistant Property Manager

£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking for your first step into...

Recruitment Genius: Mechanical Design Engineer

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This innovative company working...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat