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'Horizon should be blamed for teenage ward's hanging death too'

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 6:58 PM

Authorities at the Horizon Adult Remand Correctional Centre in St Andrew should share some blame for the death of Vanessa Wint, the teenage Ward of the State who died at the facility in 2012.

That’s according to the verdict of a Coroner’s Inquest set up to determine the circumstances under which Wint died at the high-security prison.

The verdict was handed down in the Sutton Street Coroner’s Court yesterday.

The jury, headed by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, found that the 16-year-old committed suicide by hanging herself in a prison cell.

However, according to the jury this was due, in part, to the negligence of prison authorities to place her under suicide watch and take other measures to protect her from self-harm.