A teenage killer who died in prison a year after he was locked up for murder had threatened to “take an overdose” before he was found dead.

Lenny Crawt died aged 19 in HMP Aylesbury, a young offenders prison, on May 19, 2020, just over a year after he was given a life sentence for murder.

An inquest to determine the cause of his death is set to take place early next year, but a pre-inquest review was held at Beaconsfield Coroners’ Court yesterday (Thursday).

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The court heard how Crawt had threatened to self-harm when he was told he was going to move prisons, from HMP Aylesbury to HMP High Down in Sutton, Surrey. Questions have been raised over whether the correct procedure was followed at the prison after Crawt made these threats.

Speaking at the pre-inquest review, lawyer Richard Grimshaw, representing the Government Legal Department, said: “What we had is a young man saying ‘I don’t want to be moved, if you move me I am going to take an overdose or cut myself.”

Assistant coroner for Buckinghamshire, Ian Wade, raised concerns over whether the correct procedures had been followed at HMP Aylesbury after Crawt made these threats, and questioned whether an Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork plan (ACCT) should have been issued.

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He said: “My concern is that there is virtually no discussion on the matter as to whether there’s an ACCT issued when there’s a perceived risk of self-harm or other triggers.

“An ACCT plan must be opened in an incident of self-harm.”

In response, Mr Grimshaw said: “This was just discussion [of self-harm], or a comment made by Lenny.”

Crawt was jailed in March 2019 when he, along with his brother Shane Crawt and cousin Charlie Smith, were found guilty of killing fisherman Scott Wilkinson in Surrey.

Crawt was just 16 years old when he committed the act, bludgeoning the victim to death with a plank of wood.

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The offender, from West Molesey in Surrey, was found dead in prison just over a year after he started his life sentence.

At the pre-inquest review, Mr Grimshaw added: “What he said is that he would take an overdose or cut himself. That is very different from a declaration that he intends to take his own life.”

At the end of the hearing, the parties agreed that the full inquest will be held in January 2020. It is expected to last five days.

Mr Wade said: “The inquest raises some serious issues, but that doesn’t mean to say it has to be overly long.”

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