Dan Hobbs represents the family of Janet Norridge (deceased) at the inquest into her suicide following her unfair dismissal by Cardiff Prison

In the early hours of 6th April 2012, Janet Norridge, a 34 year old prison officer, hanged herself in the cellar of her home in Newport, after learning that her appeal against dismissal by the Prison Service had been rejected. Disciplinary proceedings had been launched against Miss Norridge when she was spotted out watching a rugby game while off work suffering from depression.

In her evidence to the Coroner, the deceased’s mother, Joanna, said her daughter had been branded a “skiver” and her “mental fragility” had been ignored.

The Gwent Coroner, David Bowen, is now to write to the Director of the Prison Service pursuant to Regulation 28 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013, to help disseminate the lessons learned and calling for a review of the way vulnerable officers are treated during disciplinary proceedings. Recording a verdict of suicide, the Coroner said:

She felt she had been unfairly dismissed – that was the matter playing on her mind…I will be writing to the director of the prison service asking for a review of the treatment provided to prison staff facing disciplinary hearings in order that they deal appropriately with the people that appear before them.”

Dan Hobbs represented the family of Janet Norridge (deceased).

There has been significant press coverage of the inquest, including in the Guardian and the BBC.