Shropshire cell death compensation bid begun

The fiancee of an 18-year-old man found hanged at a young offenders' institution in Shropshire in 2005 has started a bid for compensation.

Karl Lewis was found in his cell at Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institution near Market Drayton.

An inquest later ruled that he had intended to take his own life.

Barrister Paul Bowen, told the High Court in London the Ministry of Justice owed a "non-delegable duty of care" to all prisoners.

Mr Bowen was acting on behalf of Christina Morgan, of Shaw Road, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, and Lewis' daughter, Courtney, who was a week old when Lewis died.

Lewis, from Shrewsbury, had been serving six years for armed robbery.

The hearing continues.

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