A mother who has campaigned over the deaths of "vulnerable" teenagers in custody yesterday lost her High Court battle for a public inquiry into the suicide of her son.
Yvonne Scholes wants a fresh investigation into the death of 16-year-old Joseph Scholes, who hanged himself in Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institution in March 2002.
But Mr Justice Bennett dismissed her challenge, saying the inquest already held into Joseph's death fully discharged the Home Secretary's obligation to investigate.
The judge refused Mrs Scholes permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal, although she can now ask the appeal judges themselves to hear her challenge.
Joseph was just nine days into a two-year sentence for a series of street robberies at the time of his death at Stoke Heath, near Market Drayton, Shropshire.
Mrs Scholes, from Meliden, near Prestatyn, has marched to Downing Street with other campaigners calling for radical reform of the youth justice system and went to the High Court in London seeking judicial review of the Government's refusal to order a public inquiry.
Her lawyers argued that the UK authorities had failed to comply with their duty under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights to properly investigate Joseph's death.
They contended that he had a history of suicide attempts, and was so vulnerable that he should never have been sent to a YOI.