Campaign launched to save disabled Kilburn drug smuggler from ‘inhumane ordeal’ in prison
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 August 2012
Mother of Daniel Roque Hall claims her son’s medical needs are being neglected in Wormwood Scrubs
The mother of a disabled Kilburn man jailed for drug smuggling has launched a campaign to save him from an “inhumane ordeal” in prison.
Anne Hall has called on officials to remove Daniel Roque Hall from Wormwood Scrubs amid fears of a lack of care and severe neglect.
Earlier this month, the 29-year-old was sentenced to three-and-a-half years after he was caught at Heathrow Airport with almost three kilos of cocaine hidden in his wheelchair after arriving from Peru.
Mr Hall has Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a degenerative condition that can cause problems with muscles and walking difficulties. He requires round-the-clock care but Wormwood Scrubs claimed they could meet his needs, said Mrs Hall.
She told the Times her son had been subjected to a string of ordeals, including being manhandled by prison officers, being continuously tied to a guard and being denied family visits for weeks at a time.
In addition, she claimed he was transferred to a centre for frail and elderly people where he has no access to the exercise equipment he needs to build body strength.
She said: “He is in constant pain. All of his needs were outlined thoroughly to the court and it is clear that Wormwood Scrubs is not able to fulfil them. He needs to be removed from there; he accepts what he has done but he is still entitled to adequate care.
“It is an appalling situation and he is deteriorating more and more every day.”
A spokesman for Ataxia UK, a national charity, said: “Daniel was given a three-year custodial term – not a death sentence.
“Ataxia UK supports his family’s aim to achieve this without further compromise to his health and wellbeing.”
A Prison Service spokesman said they would not comment on individual cases but added: “We have a duty of care to those sentenced to custody by the courts.”
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