The long-delayed inquest of a prisoner who died a decade ago will be up for mention in Laois next month.
Clare sex offender Seán Leamy was found dead on the floor of his prison cell in the Midlands prison in Portlaoise on February 12, 2013. An autopsy found that the 61-year-old had died of cardiac arrest, precipitated by blunt force trauma to the head and trunk. His injuries included a laceration over his eyebrow and on the back of his head. He also had blood coming from his mouth.
The Irish Examiner revealed that his death still has not gone to a full inquest, even though the garda investigation into his death concluded.
A garda spokesman said that an investigation into his death led to a file being submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who directed that there be no prosecution in the case.
According to Laois Coroner’s Office earlier this month, a date had not been set for an inquest into the death.
However, the coroner’s office has now confirmed the case is up for mention at a sitting of the coroner’s court on March 13.
A report on his death by the then Inspector of Prisons, Michael Reilly, highlighted that he had recently been moved to a new landing in the Midlands and was sharing a cell with a younger prisoner, who distilled hooch in the cell.
Following his examination of the death, Mr Reilly stated: “It was totally inappropriate that the deceased, a non smoker who s