In­ves­ti­ga­tion launched over pris­oner death

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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