Inquest into teenager Jaskiran Kainth’s death continues

Tuesday 08th June 2021 11:24 EDT

18-year-old Jaskiran Kainth who reportedly had a history of mental health problems died in his cell at Leicester Magistrates' Court after being arrested for vandalising his father and grandfather's cars. 


“Jaskiran Kainth, 18, was awaiting release from the court in April 2019 when he was found unconscious in his cell with his jogging bottoms around his neck,” Leicester Mercury reported. Now, an inquest has begun at Leicester City Hall into his death. Jaskiran had suffered a severe brain injury and after being kept alive for several days on life support he was pronounced dead at Leicester Royal Infirmary on May 3, 2019.


The news portal also reported that the inquest heard that just minutes before he was found fatally injured, Jaskiran had put his jumper around his neck and security officers had "spoken to him" about that. His father, Charnjit said in the statement: “His nature was humble, kind and sensitive. He could come across as shy and quiet. He had a bright personality with a cute smile all the family adored. Jas died before he could start his adult life but he was optimistic about the future."


Debasis Das, a psychiatrist who treated Jaskiran and was concerned about the teenager's cannabis use, said: "In psychosis, there's an increase in dopamine and then if you have cannabis you are risking increasing dopamine transmission - people with psychosis are more susceptible to the effects of cannabis." He also didn’t rule out indicators of schizophrenia, including the belief he had been implanted with a mind-controlling chip when he was a child. The inquest continues.

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