Open verdict on death of prisoner
Tuesday 14 January 1997
The unemployed father of two, from Greenwich, south-east London, had a history of schizophrenia. The inquest was told the normal three-man control and restraint team could not control a thrashing Mr Severin, who had threatened to smash up his medical wing cell.
Up to seven or eight officers took him to the strip cell and the inquest heard Mr Severin's death was most likely to have been caused by positional asphyxiation after prison officers placed him face down. The coroner, Sir Montague Levine, said: "I think that it is quite appalling medical officers did not know what his condition was."
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