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Independent investigation into the serious assault on ‘Mr Adakite’* at HMP Birmingham on 16 June 2011 and responses published

  (*a pseudonym is used to protect the identity of the individual concerned) The independent investigation conducted by Andy Smith into the serious assault on ‘Mr Adakite’ at HMP Birmingham on 16 June 2011 is published. Also published are the responses to the investigation from those responsible for commissioning and providing custodial and healthcare services at the prison.       On 16 June 2011 staff found ‘Mr Adakite’ with serious head injuries in the shower room of the inpatients unit in the healthcare centre at HMP Birmingham. ‘Mr Adakite’ had been seriously assaulted by another prisoner. Staff gave immediate first aid until paramedics arrived and ‘Mr Adakite’ was taken to hospital.       The police investigated the assault and the perpetrator was identified and charged. He was not fit to stand trial and was given a hospital order.       An internal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident, carried out by the governor of another prison, made a number of findings about the management of the perpetrator of the assault.       In order to meet the State’s investigative obligation under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights HMPPS commissioned Andy Smith, a former Assistant Chief Inspector at HM Inspectorate of Probation, to conduct an independent investigation to examine the circumstances surrounding the serious assault on ‘Mr Adakite’ on 16 June 2011 and to see whether there are lessons to be learned.       The investigation report completed by Andy Smith is published, along with the responses to the investigation from those responsible for commissioning and providing custodial and healthcare services at the prison.  

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