A CORONER has ruled ‘lessons are to be learned’ following the suicide of a Bullingdon Prison inmate who suffered mental health problems.

Oxford Coroner’s Court held a four day inquest after James Maughan, 34, was found hanged in his cell on July 11, 2016.

At the inquest a number of concerns were raised by Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter for a number of organisations, including HMP Bullingdon, to review.

Mr Salter said the prison near Bicester had to review its staff training around mental health to better the awareness about prisoners, such as Maughan, who face difficulties including personality disorders.

He added: “It is not a sanction nor a recommendation but a request for a review.

“Then one positive thing might arise out of the sad and tragic death of James in terms of lessons to be learned for the future.”

But Mr Salter did make clear that in this case these factors would not have stopped Maughan from taking his own life that day

A jury of nine people heard the inquest, as is required for all deaths in custody. Jurors concluded that nothing, such as training or greater vigilance, would have prevented Mr Maughan’s death.

Mr Salter added: “I also want to offer my condolences to James’s family and again say there are some positives for the future in that death won’t occur in similar circumstances.”