Problem prisoner died of heart failure

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A PRISONER with a history of disciplinary problems died in jail after refusing medical treatment, an inquest heard.

Dorent Lord Francis died in Durham’s Frankland Prison from heart and kidney failure after refusing dialysis.

A psychiatrist told the hearing at Chester-le-Street Magistrates’ Court that Francis had personality disorders which meant he could be manipulative.

Medical notes revealed Francis, 44, had fallen out with doctors in several prisons since he was given an indeterminate sentence in 1999.

The inquest heard Francis understood the possible consequences of refusing treatment, and doctors were not allowed to force him to have treatment if he didn’t want to have it.

Francis, from Birmingham, died on July 8, 2009.

The inquest into his death is expected to last up to two weeks.