File photograph of the Alhaurín de la Torre prison. / SUR

Inmate death investigated at Alhaurín prison

A prison workers' action group said it regretted the death of the 54-year-old, but criticised the lack of medical personnel at the facility

ÁLVARO FRÍAS / JUAN CANO

Prison authorities in Alhaurín de la Torre are investigating the death of an inmate, after the body of the 54-year-old was found by his cellmate in the early hours of Wednesday 22 December.

The alarm was raised at around 4am but it was only possible for staff to certify the death of the prisoner, who had recently been jailed for theft. Initial investigations suggest that the man died from natural causes.

A prison workers’ action group, Tu Abandono Me Puede Matar (Your Neglect Can Kill Me) said it regretted the death but criticised the lack of medical personnel in the prison.

'Overloaded with work'

“There are not enough doctors, so there are no daily consultations. Prisoners are only seen for emergencies, which causes tremendous problems in the medical unit which is overloaded with work. It is overwhelmed," the group explained.