Immigration detention staff 'thought suicidal man had toothache'

Foreign national held in prison for six months but his distress was misread, PPO report says

An immigration detainee killed himself two days after staff determined in a three-minute meeting that his distress was down to toothache, despite him telling them he wanted to die after being held for more than six months, a custody watchdog has said.

The 28-year-old foreign national was remanded in prison custody on charges of assault and criminal damage, but due to his offending history was transferred to an immigration removal centre (IRC) pending deportation.

Source: FS – World News – UK
Immigration detention staff 'thought suicidal man had toothache'