Man found hanged in cell after court verdict

A 39-year-old man was found dead in custody in Malmö on Saturday morning. The man had committed suicide, a day after being told that he was to be deported to France.

He had been in custody for almost three months while the appeal court considered his case.

“The fact that he had a negative decision from the appeal court did not mean any special measures from our side. Here we have a normal daily routine with such decisions,” said the head of the Malmö remand centre, Hans Svensson.

The 39-year-old, who was a Swedish citizen, had not been under special supervision. He had contact with staff during mealtimes, showers and walks.

He was not considered to be a high suicide risk since the crime he was alleged to have committed would not result in a harsh sentence if he was found guilty.

Nor did the man react particularly strongly on Friday when the verdict came from the appeal court. Staff informed him that he was entitled to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The man was found dead just after 8am on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the appeal court’s decision. He had hanged himself from the toilet door frame with torn sheets.

Police carried out a search of the cell on Saturday. The Swedish Prison and Probation Service is to launch its own inquiry.