source: The Voice Online
published: 21 October 2014
The family of a physically healthy young man who died after being restrained on a mental health ward has vowed to continue fighting for justice after an inquest returned a “natural causes” verdict.
Jonathan Malia sought help for bipolar disorder in January 2013 and was transferred to the private Cygnet Hospital in Stevenage Hertfordshire.
It is thought the 24-year-old died from a heart attack caused by a blood clot. But relatives say they learnt that the father-of-one had injuries to both his head and arms when he arrived at hospital, which they believe were sustained in transit.
They also claim that in the days leading up to his death they were denied access to Malia and were told by staff that “he was not fit enough to come to the phone.”
Speaking on the anniversary of his inquest, his mother Jackie Sinclair said: “I am speaking out today about the death of my son as I think that a lot of questions still need to be answered. I will never accept it was natural causes.