Row over funding for probe into garda cell death

The family of a young man found hanging in a garda cell have questioned the Minister for Justice’s decision not to grant funding for an independent forensic examination of his belongings.

The family of a young man found hanging in a garda cell have questioned the Minister for Justice’s decision not to grant funding for an independent forensic examination of his belongings.

An inquest hearing surrounding the death of 20-year-old Terence Wheelock today heard his family had written to Michael McDowell seeking clarification on why a decision for aid was granted but later rejected.

They are currently waiting for a reply.

Terence, from Summerhill, in Dublin, died last September after three months in a coma. He had been discovered unconscious in a cell in Store Street Garda Station in June after being detained on suspicion of involvement in a car theft.

The family are demanding an independent inquiry in to the circumstances of his death. Disputing he committed suicide, they want forensic specialists from England to examining Terence’s belongings, including the ligature which he is accused of using to hang himself.

His brother Larry Wheelock said: “After granting us funds to pay for independent experts, it was taken back. Now we are not waiting for a reply from the minister.

“We are still calling for an independent inquiry because there are too many questions that haven’t been answered and can’t be answered in this court.

“We are not accusing anybody of anything, we just want to know what happened that night.”

The case was adjourned by Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell until June 13.

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