Murder-accused Carl Scott had attempted to take his own life two weeks before he was found hanged in his prison cell.
The 46-year-old disclosed the information to a nurse during an interview at Dovegate Prison on May 27 last year.
It was carried out just three hours before Mr Scott was found in his cell.
He had been deemed a ‘low risk’ at the category B prison following his arrival with a suicide and self-harm (SASH) form. He was subject to one check every hour.
The prisoner had arrived at Dovegate at 3.05pm on May 27 after being remanded in custody accused of murdering Jayde Hall, from Meir. He had been arrested on a Stoke-on-Trent bridge.
Prison nurse Jessica Wain told his inquest: “I asked him about the bridge incident. He said he intended to end his life. He said he spent time on the bridge before the emergency services came and talked him down and arrested him.
“I asked for any previous thoughts of suicide and he told me he had visited a bridge two weeks prior following an argument. He got on the bridge, changed his mind, and returned home. He said he had been struggling with his mental health for some time.”
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Mr Scott was referred to the prison’s mental health service. It was not available that day due to it being a bank holiday.
Ms Wain added: “He said he found it difficult to talk about his mental health. I said we are going to have some difficult conversations. I advised him I would refer him to mental health due to the arrival on the SASH and the recent attempt. I explained the tag referral to mental health and ensured they will review him.
“Initially when he came in he was nervous. The five minute conversation eased a bit of anxiety. He was quietly spoken. Good eye contact. He made every attempt to answer the questions openly and honestly.”
Ms Wain says she did not see sight of the prison’s assessment care in custody and teamwork (ACCT) form which she believes she should have done.
She told the inquest: “In my opinion, due to his mental health, the nature of the alleged offence, and the risk that others might pose to Carl, I decided to put him in high risk.
“I was concerned there would be a danger potentially if he shared a cell.
“I couldn’t be sure he would potentially be padded up with someone who potentially may have known the victim, with it being a local offence.
“In past experiences with local alleged murders unfortunately prisoners have come into harm.
“When I finished my assessment I asked what was on the menu and he was provided with a hot meal and drink while he was in the holding room before he went up to the wing.
“I would have expected Carl to have at least two separate checks per hour.”
The inquest continues.