Mum from Darwen begs for prisoner son to be moved into hospital

Beverly Rimmer and (inset) son Terry Hogan

Beverly Rimmer and (inset) son Terry Hogan

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A MOTHER is begging prison bosses to give her son the mental health support he needs before he kills himself or someone else.

Beverley Rimmer, 47, said she is so concerned for the well being of her 31-year-old son Terry Hogan while he is in jail that she is ‘living everyday in fear’ of what might happen.

Hogan, who has been diagnosed with borderline schizophrenia and triple personality disorder, was jailed in April 2007 after being given an indeterminate sentence for public protection and told he would not be eligible for parole for seven years.

He was convicted of wounding with intent after slashing Andrew O’Connor across the face and neck with a stanley knife during an incident in Blackburn.

Now after serving years behind bars, in a combination of secure psychiatric units and mainstream prisons, Beverley said her volatile son was on the edge at HMP Preston.

She wants him to be transferred to a more secure unit where he can be treated.

Mrs Rimmer said: “What my son did was wrong but he is mentally ill.

“I don’t think his condition is being monitored properly. He has told me he has given up. When I went to see him just last week he had tried to take his own life.

“I am petrified that someone is going to knock on my door and tell me he has died or worse still he has hurt someone else in prison.

“I don’t think the guards at a mainstream prison know how to handle him, using brute force isn’t the way because he just fights back.

“I have written to and called the governor of the prison, as well as to the HM Inspectorate for Prisons and visited my MP Jake Berry over the issue.”

Only last month, Hogan was arrested by police on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after allegedly biting a prison guard’s nose as they tried to lock him in his cell.

Hogan’s family are now urging the authorities to urgently move him back to Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool.

Mrs Rimmer, of Lightbound Street, Darwen said: “Terry’s behaviour has landed him in segregation, where he has been for nearly 12 weeks. Being locked in a room on your own for that long is inhumane.

“It makes me feel physically sick that I can’t help him. I am just begging the prison service to do something.

“In a secure unit like Ashworth staff will monitor his behaviour and be able to keep control of the symptoms of his illness.”

A Prison Service spokesperson said they were ‘unable to comment on individuals.’

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