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Inquest told murderer Ruslanas Ignatenka’s throat slit at Swaleside

By Ed McConnell

A murderer died from a slit throat at Swaleside prison, an inquest has heard.

Ruslanas Ignatenka was nine years into a life sentence when he died at the category B jail on the Isle of Sheppey in November 2015.

The 35-year-old Lithuanian was jailed in 2006 alongside Gintautas Leinartas for the murder of fellow countryman Alvydas Galubickas in Cambridgeshire.

Ruslanas Ignatenka died in his cell in Swaleside prison
Ruslanas Ignatenka died in his cell in Swaleside prison

The pair stabbed Mr Galubickas to death in a revenge attack after the victim had hit their friend and fellow defendant Deividas Balnius, who was acquitted of murder.

A pre-inquest review held at Archbishop’s Palace on Monday heard Ignatenka was found in his cell and despite the best efforts of staff died at the scene.

He was a known user of the illegal high Spice and a report on this will form a key part of the full inquest.

HMP Swaleside
HMP Swaleside

An investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman uncovered issues around the treatment of Ignatenka’s mental health following bizarre outbursts and episodes of self-harming.

Proceedings were adjourned until September when a second review will be held ahead of a full, week-long jury inquest in December.

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