Investigation launched over prisoner death
A WOMAN who was attacked by a now struckoff Ruislip police officer four years ago, has been found dead in a prison cell.
Sarah Reed, 32, was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead in Holloway Prison on the morning of January 11.
The Prison Service said staff attempted resuscitation, but she was pronounced dead shortly after and an investigation has been launched by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.
According to civil rights campaigner Lee Jasper, she was being held on remand over an incident in a hospital where she was being treated for mental health problems.
In 2012 she was filmed on police station CCTV footage being punched and dragged by her hair after being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at a London Uniqlo store.
PC James Kiddie, 45, was dismissed without notice from the Metropolitan Police after being convicted of assaulting her.
He was subsequently sacked in 2014 for gross misconduct after bosses said they were ‘extremely shocked’ by the footage.
At his trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the officer told jurors Ms Reed had bitten him on the finger and told him she had HIV. Kiddie was previously investigated by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, for deploying tear gas during protests in Oxford Street in January 2011.
n ‘SHOCKING’: CCTV images of the attack by PC Kiddie in 2012