THE family of a mentally- ill Huddersfield man say he is not getting the treatment he needs in prison.
Terence Roberts, 35, is serving a 30-month sentence in Armley Jail, Leeds for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and affray.
He suffers from schizophrenia and has been taking medication for the condition since August last year.
But his family say that in prison his medication has been stopped and he is feeling suicidal.
His mother, Christine Roberts - who lives in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales -wants him to either receive suitable treatment at Armley or to be moved to a psychiatric hospital to serve his sentence.
She said: "I thought they would put him in hospital and get him some help. But he is in ordinary prison. The voices in his head are back and he's suicidal.
"I can't seem to get anyone to give me information about what is happening with his treatment, because it's confidential.
"All I've had is a letter from the prison saying his medication has been stopped."
Mr Roberts was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on February 18 after pleading guilty to the offences at a hearing in December, 2004.
The offences happened on May 4 last year, during a siege at his flat in Brownroyd Avenue in Rawthorpe.
Mr Roberts had a ball-bearing pistol and was threatening to kill himself.
As he had a weapon, armed police, fire crews and paramedics went to the scene and Mr Roberts was eventually arrested.
Psychiatric reports then showed he suffered from schizophrenia.
Mrs Roberts, a district nurse, said her son started to develop the condition five years ago, at about the time he moved from Wales to Huddersfield.
He moved to Scissett with his wife, but the marriage broke up a year later and Mr Roberts ended up living alone in the Brownroyd Avenue flat.
Following his imprisonment, his mother and his former neighbours entered his flat to clear it and discovered the walls and fixtures covered in poems and writings.
Mrs Roberts said this showed the extent of his psychiatric problems.
A spokesman for Armley Jail said he could not discuss medical details of individual prisoners.
But he said Mr Roberts had not complained about his treatment.
He said every prisoner at Armley had a medical and psychological assessment from qualified staff on the day of arrival.
He added: "Each prisoner is informed of how to make a complaint in the first few days at the jail. Every complaint is tracked and answered as quickly as possible.
"I will draw Mr Roberts' family's concerns to the attention of our healthcare department."
The spokesman said the family could make further complaints directly to the prison governor or through their MP.