Prisoner died alone of Covid and coughed up blood after pleas were ignored

A prisoner who died alone in his cell of Covid had his pleas for help left unanswered, his family has claimed.

Calum Inglis, 34, who suffered from asthma spent the last four days of his life in prison begging officers for help after contracting coronavirus.

Relatives say that Calum was coughing up blood and his requests for medical assistance via the cell intercom were ignored by officers.

The family have described the "horror story death" as "preventable" and his mum revealed the heartbreaking messages that show her son saying he felt "90 years old" in his final texts to the family.

Inglis died at HMP Addiewell in West Lothian, Scotland just 12 days after testing positive for Covid and his heartbroken family say they have texts and evidence from another prisoner to prove Calum's pleas went unanswered.

The family say they are traumatised by the death and believe Calum's death could have been prevented if he had been sent to hospital.

His sister Frances Marr, 32, said: "In the last four days of his life he repeatedly requested medical attention via his cell intercom to be promised by the prison officers that 'someone will see you in the morning' – but nobody ever came."

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His mum Jen, 62, said that "They did nothing for my son and just left him."

Dad Alan added: "It's a horror story. You think your son is safe and he was going to get help and then nothing happens."

Calum's final text to his mum read: "Feel like am about 90 year old lol completely burning up its scary. Got a constantly bone dry mouth, can only drink so much water as it just drys up right away Xxx"

Another text between the two reported by The Mirror showed the concerned mum asking if her son was feeling ill from stress or from Covid, to which Calum replied: "Nah nothing to do with the prisoners I'm just incredibly ill."

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: "Our thoughts are with every family tragically bereaved by a death in prison custody and we fully understand the desire for prompt answers following the death of a loved one.

“As with all deaths in custody, there will be a mandatory Fatal Accident Inquiry in this case.”

Scottish Police said they are aware of Calum's death and that an "investigation is ongoing under the direction of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service."

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