Glasgow courts: 20-year-old prisoner dies in young offenders' jail awaiting trial

By Cheryl McEvoy

A 20-year-old has died after being remanded to a young offenders' jail by a Glasgow court.

Jack McKenzie passed away on Friday. The cause of his death has not been released.

He was sent to Polmont Young Offdeners' Institution to await trail earlier this year after appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The Scottish Prison Service confirmed that police have been informed and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry into the circumstances leading up to Jack's death will be held at a later date. They are mandatory in Scotland when someone dies in custody.

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The tragedy comes just weeks after Glasgow mum Christine Lindsay met with Scotland's new Solicitor General Ruth Charteris QC in Glasgow to discuss the death of her son, who took his own life in a custody cell at Polmont.

William Brown was just 16 when he passed away at the prison in October 2018, just days after he was sent there on remand, also from Glasgow Sheriff Court.

His mum says she will continue to "cry out for justice" for her son, after the Crown Office refused to bring charges against the Scottish Prison Service.


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