Please sign this petition for Daniel Roque Hall.
29 year old Daniel Roque Hall is in an advanced stage of Friedrich’s
Ataxia, a degenerative, life-limiting disease. Wheelchair-bound, he has
little voluntary movement. Speech impaired, he has difficulty
swallowing, his heart is seriously damaged and he has Type One diabetes.
Curvature of the spine puts pressure on his heart causing breathing
difficulties and constant, severe pain. Intellectually he is unimpaired.
Daniel needs 24 hour, one-to-one care. An exercise regime repeated many
times a day is vital to maintain as much muscle strength as possible and
to reduce pain.
Never having been in trouble before, Daniel was arrested at Heathrow in
November 2011 attempting to import cocaine. He immediately admitted his
crime. Detained for questioning, the seriousness of his medical
conditions meant that Border Control had to send him urgently to
hospital; it was deemed appropriate that he then be sent home, tagged,
to await trial, imprisonment being clearly unsuitable for someone with
Daniel’s severe disabilities.
Daniel appeared on four occasions before a judge at Isleworth Crown
Court; committal to prison could not take place until assurances were
given by Wormwood Scrubs that Daniel’s health needs could be adequately
met. His neurologist’s report stated: “If the appropriate support is not
put in place, Mr Roque Hall can deteriorate quite rapidly”.
On July 6th Daniel was sent to prison, the judge having received an
eleventh hour assurance from the governor that Daniel’s health needs
would be met.
Within two hours of arriving at Wormwood Scrubs, Daniel, left alone on
an examination trolley, had fallen off owing to an involuntary muscle
spasm and suffered a head injury. Daniel takes Warfarin, a
blood-thinning medication, so needed an immediate CAT scan for possible
brain haemorrhage and other internal bleeding. The prison was not
intending to act; it took repeated and insistent phone calls from
Daniel’s friends before he received the necessary hospital treatment.
Daniel was taken to an old people’s home, where he remained chained to a
prison warder 24 hours a day, was given no exercise whatsoever and was
served food impossible for a diabetic to eat; after five days of this
regime, Daniel was transported back to Wormwood Scrubs and denied access
to his lawyer for 14 days.
In the prison hospital wing, primarily housing prisoners with mental
illness, Daniel is being denied the care he needs for his conditions.
Wormwood Scrubs refuses to allow him to use any exercise equipment,
essential for preventing further deterioration. Owing to this, he is in
pain so severe he is unable to sleep. The effect of prison for Daniel
is further and irreversible damage to his health and the shortening of
his already curtailed life expectancy. It is “degrading, inhumane and
manifestly disproportionate” (Private Eye, 27th July 2012). He is