Sixth death in Winchester prison

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A SIXTH prisoner has died in Winchester prison in three months.

Chris Garitty, of Waverley Road, Southsea, died at the category B men’s jail on October 12, the Ministry of Justice confirmed. The Southampton and Western Hampshire coroner has opened an inquest into the 54-year-old Southsea man’s death.

Mr Garitty appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on October 10 where he was charged with one count of assault by beating and remanded into custody.

He was due to appear again on October 14 but died on October 12.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘HMP Winchester prisoner Chris Garrity was found unresponsive on Monday 12 October.

‘Staff attempted CPR and paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at 2.25pm.

‘As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.’

The coroner currently has his cause of death listed as unascertained.

It comes after Gosport man Daryl Hargrave was found dead on July 13 in his cell.

He was accused of a stabbing attack at Agnew Family Centre in Gosport.

The Prison Service said it is reviewing the circumstances of each death at HMP Winchester and said each was a ‘tragedy’.