An Albanian inmate at Belmarsh prison who died in custody after a “dirty protest” was self-harming to avoid being extradited to his home country, a jury has found.
It has previously been reported that Ndricim Sadushi, 43, was on the run for 15 years after being convicted in his absence of three murders and one attempted killing in Albania in 1997.
The jury at Southwark Coroner’s Court came to the conclusion Mr Sadushi, a builder, did not intend to kill himself.
But it did find the condition of his cell, which was covered in faeces and urine, and him being mute may have contributed to his death around 7am on January 20, 2014.
Mr Sadushi was taken to A&E the day before his death after prison staff found him bleeding in his cell from a self-inflicted wound to the neck.
Staff at Belmarsh prison found him at around 5.15am the following morning not breathing in his cell and gave him CPR.
Mr Sadushi suffered a cardiac arrest and died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Woolwich.
The medical cause of death was given as cardio-respiratory arrest, anaemia, partial airway obstruction and blood loss from multiple incised wounds.
The inquest found there were failures in communication, documentation and data transfer while Mr Sadushi was receiving medical care.
These included the failure by healthcare staff to provide full, up-to-date medical records to the QEH A&E department when he was treated there on January 19.
The jury also found the A&E department at QEH failed to provide a discharge form for Mr Sadushi when he left their care.
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News Shopper previously reported the inquest heard evidence from two doctors disputing the amount of blood lost when Mr Sadushi was found in his cell with a 3cm gash to his neck on January 19.
Dr Abu Watfa, who treated Mr Sadushi at A&E, told the court he did not receive this information during the handover from paramedics when the Belmarsh inmate arrived.
It was the fourth time he had needed medical treatment for cutting himself and reopening old wounds, and the court heard that repeated blood loss can lead to a low level of oxygen in the blood and affect the organs and brain.
The jury concluded: “The deliberate acts of multiple self-inflicted incised wounds had the unintended consequence of unexpectedly leading to death.
“The acts of self-harm took place to avoid and/or delay extradition proceedings.”
Courts were considering an extradition application for Mr Sadushi to face charges in Albania at the time of his death.
He had applied for asylum in the UK, which was refused before he died.
The inquest recorded a verdict of misadventure.