Statement by Madden & Finucane Solicitors on behalf of the Hamilton family at the conclusion of today’s Inquest at Laganside Courts into the death of Ian Hamilton in Belfast on 12th March 2013

In March 2013 Ian Hamilton took his own life. The family feel that his admittance to care may have given him the comfort to continue with his life.

Paul McCann of Madden & Finucane Solicitors said:

“The evidence in this hearing showed that the Health Trusts will have to progress into the modern era. The Assembly will have to provide proper facilities for people presenting with alcohol/drug difficulties and underlying mental health difficulties or a combination of both. The family feel there was a lost opportunity to help Ian because he did not meet a test set by legislation enacted 30 years ago. We fear without a change in legislation, further lives will be lost.”