DANIEL MC CONVILLE died last year under strange circumstances in Maghaberry Prison just outside Belfast
Officialdom says he committed suicide.
His father says that he was beaten to death by a prison officer.
DANIEL’S FATHER – PAUL MC CONVILLE
Daniel was 23 but had a mental age of 16.
He was in prison because he was caught with a small amount of cannibal resin for personal use.
Why was an immature and unwell young man placed in a high security prison for having a small amount for personal use?
When his body was examined by the forensic medic he nose was so badly broken that it was lying flat against his face under his eye.
Eleven prisoners have hade statements about Daniel’s death. There are 35 witness statements in total.
The family have taken the case to the prison ombudsperson and are taking legal advise on legal routes.
I met the father on Tuesday last as I went to visit a parishioner in the prison.
It is clear that the family is heart broken at Daniel’s loss.
One thing is certain – there should be an absolutely thorough and open investigation into how Daniel and others have died in Maghaberry.
As Christians Jesus tells us that we have a massive responsibility to care for and visit prisoners.
If you can’t go to prisons – you can support prisoner’s charities.
From listening to Paul I believe that the possibility of foul play is real possibility and I hope that Daniel RIP and his family get truth and justice.
Has anybody got any knowledge or views about this tragedy?
IRISH CATHOLIC APOLOGY
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