A MAN who died after being arrested for attempted murder had been treated for serious injuries at Wrexham Maelor Hospital before being taken to Altcourse prison in Liverpool, it has been revealed.
Gary Anthony Douglass, of Ffordd Morgan, Llay, died in Fazackerley Hospital, Liverpool, on October 13, having been rushed there from prison in the early hours of the morning. He would have celebrated his 21st birthday last week.
An inquest has been opened into his death by North East Wales coroner John Gittins, who said Mr Douglass was arrested at his home and during his arrest inflicted serious injuries to himself.
He underwent surgery at the Maelor Hospital before being taken to Wrexham Magistrates Court, where he faced charges of attempted murder, assault and possessing offensive weapons.
Mr Douglass was then committed in custody to HMP Altcourse but the following day the prison doctor became concerned about his deteriorating condition.
He was rushed to hospital where he had further surgery but died on the operating table.
Mr Gittins said as Mr Douglass had been arrested in North Wales and he had first received medical treatment in Wrexham, the case had been transferred to him by the Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello.
Later Mr Gittins said: “A post-mortem has been carried out.
“The cause of death was a haemorrhage following a stab wound to the abdomen (operated on).”
On the same day a judge was told the defendant had died in custody.
The case against Gary Douglass had been listed for a preliminary hearing at Mold Crown Court.
Mr Douglass had been remanded in custody by magistrates in Wrexham after he had been accused of the attempted murder of two students in what the prosecution said was a case of a random attack on strangers.
He had been charged with trying to kill Sean Doyle on Wrexham General station on October 2 and Toni Lloyd Roberts on Stansky Road, Wrexham, on the same date.
Both are students of Glyndwr University, Wrexham.
Mr Douglass was accused of possessing a Samurai dagger and hunting knives.
He was further charged with an affray in Clarence Road, Wrexham, on October 1.
The court was told that following his arrest, Mr Douglass had undergone surgery for his own wounds but he was arrested and interviewed on his release from hospital and remanded in custody.
Prosecutor Meirion Lewis-Jones told the court Mr Douglass had been pronounced dead at Fazakerley Hospital in Liverpool at 7.54pm on Saturday, October 12, after he had been taken there from Altcourse prison.
He said an inquest was due to be held to determine the cause of death.
The father of the defendant, Christopher Douglass, had formally identified the body and the prosecution also had a statement from a doctor at Altcourse prison.
Judge Niclas Parry said it was a very sad set of circumstances “whatever has happened here”.
He said he wished to extend his sympathy to Mr Douglass’ family.
The judge said the proceedings were no longer of any legal effect and the file would now be closed.
Merseyside Police have confirmed the death is not being treated as suspicious.
The independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is conducting an investigation into the death.