High Court rules prisoner forced to 'slop out' had his right to privacy breached

The former inmate had been looking for compensation

High Court rules prisoner forced to 'slop out' had his right to privacy breached

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The High Court has ruled that a prisoner who 'slopped out' in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin had his rights to privacy breached.

The former inmate had been looking for compensation following his stay at the jail.

Gary Simpson, a former inmate at Mountjoy, claimed his human rights were breached over a seven and half month period at the prison in 2013.

He said he was subjected to a 23 hour lock-up in a cell which had no toilet or running water.

The court heard prisoners had to use a chamber pot and other items like milk cartons as a toilet, and then had empty them the following day.

The former prisoner said he felt degraded and worthless due to the conditions there.

In his judgement, Mr Justice Michael White said Mr Simpson's slopping out in a shared cell was in breach of his constitutional right to privacy.

But he added it did not amount to inhuman and degrading treatment - and said he was not awarding Mr Simpson damages as he felt some of his account had been untruthful.