Hartlepool-born prisoner found dead in his cell

A prisoner has been found dead in his cell.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2018, 2:59 pm
Updated Friday, 5th October 2018, 10:18 am
Joshua Scholick was found dead in his cell at Durham Prison.

The body of Hartlepool-born Joshua Scholick was discovered at Durham Prison on Saturday.

An inquest has now opened into the circumstances behind the 26-year-old's death.

The hearing at County Durham and Darlington Coroner's Court has been adjourned for further investigations to be carried out and is expected to resume in April next year.

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Scholick was described in court documents as unemployed and his last known address was listed as Durham Prison.

The coroner's court documents added: "He was formally identified by a prison officer."

A post mortem and toxicology tests have been carried out although their results have still to be disclosed.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

“As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”