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`No CCTV footage' of area of Maghaberry prison where 44-year-old Gerard Mulligan took his own life while on remand for murdering father

Gerard Mulligan died while on remand at Maghaberry Prison

THERE is no CCTV footage of the area of a high security prison where a 44-year-old man, who was on remand for murdering his father, took his own life, it has emerged.

Gerard Mulligan (44) took his own life on November 5 2016 at the high-security Maghaberry Prison - just four weeks after the body of his father , also Gerard, was found in the boot of a car near his home in Lisburn.

A court heard the victim, aged in his seventies, had been struck with a breeze block.

Mr Mulligan, a father-of-three, was described at his funeral as a "deeply troubled soul" in recent months who suffered with mental health issues.

A court heard he had gone to his father's house at Limehurst Way in Lisburn to repair a vehicle, but an argument later ensued.

There were reports that he had been taken off `suicide watch' by prison authorities before his death - despite having attempted an overdose before calling his partner to tell her: "I've murdered my dad... and he's in the boot of the (Vauxhall) Tigra."

An inquest into his death was due to be held on June 4, but delays have pushed it back to the autumn.

Coroner Joseph McCrisken said yesterday it was "regrettable but we don't want to push anything through and then just not be ready. These are difficult enough inquests without evidence of disclosure and witness statements to be dealt with."

A preliminary inquest heard yesterday that the coroner's legal representative had reviewed CCTV and found "nothing" on it relating to the circumstances surrounding Mr Mulligan's death.

Mr McCrisken was told he had been housed in an "older building (with) no CCTV in the landing, so CCTV was only on recreation areas".

Maghaberry in Co Antrim houses long-term sentenced and remand prisoners.

Mr Mulligan's death came just a month after David O'Driscoll (30) died by suicide in his cell seven hours after arriving at the jail.

A Prisoner Ombudsman report found Mr O'Driscoll's mother contacted the prison shortly before his death to tell staff he was "threatening to kill himself".

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