Derry prisoner found dead

A man due to appear in court in Derry this morning has been found dead in his prison cell.

Forty-nine-year old Patrick Duffy died in a cell in Maghaberry shortly after midnight last night.

The Prison Service says there “are no signs of suspicious circumstances.”

Mr Duffy of Nassau Street, faced charges of criminal damage and assault.

The Prison Service say Mr Duffy’s family “have been notified and in line with standard procedures, the PSNI, Coroner, and Prisoner Ombudsman have been informed and investigations are underway.”

Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Colin McConnell has extended sympathy to the Duffy family.