North East Wales

Murder bid suspect Gary Douglass 'stabbed himself'

HMP Altcourse Image copyright Sue Adair/Geograph
Image caption Gary Douglas was also accused of affray, assault and three counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place

An attempted murder suspect died after he is believed to have stabbed himself in the stomach, a hearing was told.

A pre-inquest hearing into the death of Gary Douglass, 21, of Llay, Wrexham, was held in Ruthin on Thursday.

Coroner John Gittins said the focus of a jury inquest would be whether he was returned to custody too soon.

Mr Douglass was in hospital for eight days before being sent to HMP Altcourse in Liverpool. He was transferred back to hospital and died the next day.

Mr Gittins said the cause of death was haemorrhage due to a stab wound to the stomach and the inquest will need to determine "whether or not North Wales Police put any pressure on the health board" to discharge Mr Douglass.

He was injured while being arrested on 2 October 2013 after allegedly attacking a group of students near Glyndwr University.

A provisional date for the inquest was set for June.

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