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Two prison officers charged after death at HMP Liverpool


The CPS has today authorised Merseyside Police to charge two prison officers in relation to the death of Anthony Paine at HMP Liverpool on 19 February, 2018, following an extensive investigation by the force.

Mr Paine, who at the time was a serving prisoner at HMP Liverpool, took his own life. 

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Following a review of the evidence, custodial manager Paul Fairhurst, 63, and senior officer Rachael Jameson, 31, have both been charged with gross negligence manslaughter as well as failing to ensure that appropriate measures were considered and implemented to prevent harm under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

"The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against these defendants are active and that they have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice proceedings."

Notes to editors

  • Paul Fairhurst [13.05.59] and Rachael Jameson [04.04.91] will appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 1 December
  • The CPS Special Crime Division deals with the most complex and sensitive cases in England and Wales including disasters, serious criminal allegations against police officers, corporate manslaughter and election offences.

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