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A preliminary hearing into the death of a high-profile dissident republican who died suddenly at a police station in Derry is to take place later this week.

John Brady, (pictured below) from the Drumrallagh Estate in Strabane, died at Strand Road Police Station in October 2009.

It’s believed he hanged himself in the police station’s consultation room.

A report published by the Police Ombudsman a year later revealed that a police officer had been suspended and a number of others were to face disciplinary action over the 40-year-old’s death.

It added that a number of failings provided the Strabane man with the opportunity to take his own life.

However, the report added there was no evidence that he had been harassed or mistreated.

The veteran republican was coming to the end of a life sentence for murder, but was being questioned about an alleged assault after being arrested in Strabane while on weekend parole from prison.

At that time, his family insisted he would not have taken his own life because he was due to be released from prison five weeks later, and they called for a full investigation into the circumstances of his death.

This week’s preliminary hearing of the Coroner’s Court takes place on Thursday in Belfast.