Prisoner found hanged in Maghaberry cell

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A prisoner serving a life sentence for murder has been found dead in his cell.

Christopher Stokes, 37, from Derry, was found in a collapsed state in his cell at Maghaberry jail.

Staff tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead just before midnight on Monday. A ligature was found in the cell.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “The Northern Ireland Prison Service can confirm the death in custody of a prisoner in Maghaberry last night.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland, coroner and Prisoner Ombudsman have been notified and investigations are ongoing. The family have also been informed.

Prison Service acting director-general Max Murray said: “On behalf of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, I would like to extend my sympathy to the family. This is a tragedy and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time.