In­vEs­ti­gA­tion Af­tEr fE­mAlE in­mAtE (83) DiEs in prison

Woman was con­victed of nine of­fences against chil­dren

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched af­ter an 83-year-old woman died while serv­ing a jail sen­tence at HMP Peter­bor­ough. Doreen Joseph, 83, was jailed last Fe­bru­ary for eight years and three months af­ter a jury con­victed her of nine charges of of­fences against chil­dren.

Joseph, from Rush­den, Northamp­ton­shire, died on Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the prison on Sav­ile Road.

Therew­er­ere­port­sJoseph was wheel­chair-bound at the time of her death, and had suf­fered a fall two weeks pre­vi­ously.

A po­lice spokesman said the death was not be­ing treat- ed as sus­pi­cious.

In court last year, de­fend­ing Doreen Joseph, Jimmy Vakil said: “It is a more than re­al­is­tic propo­si­tion that she will die in prison.”

An HMP Peter­bor­ough spokesper­son said: “We can con­firm pris­oner Doreen Joseph, 83, diedatHMPPeter- bor­oughonWed­nes­day­morn­ing (Jan­uary 4).

“The next of kin have been in­formed and our thoughts are with the fam­ily.

“As with all deaths in cus­tody, there will be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice and the i nde­pen­dent Pris­ons and Pro­ba­tion Om­buds­man and there­fore we are un­able to com­ment fur­ther at this stage.”

A spokesman for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said: “We were called at 8.21am on Wed­nes­day morn­ing (Jan­uary 4) by the prison ser­vice with re­ports of the sud­den death of a woman at HMP Peter­bor­ough. The death of the woman, who was an in­mate, is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious and has been passed to the coro­ner.”

Ac­cord­ing to the last an­nual re­port at HMP Peter­bor­ough, pub­lished in Au­gust last year, four peo­ple died at the prison be­tweenApril2015 and March 2016. A Peter­bor­ough foot­ball fan has been banned from matches for three years af­ter ad­mit­ting­tak­ing­partin a fight.

Derek Docherty (40) of Woot­ton Av­enue, Peter­bor­ough, pleaded guilty to af­fray in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent in the Pea­cock pub in Lon­don Road on July 16 last year.

Peter­bor­ough United played apre-sea­son­friendly with Nor­wich City at the ABAXs­ta­di­u­mon­the­same day.

Docherty was given a £685 fine and a three year ban­ningorderat Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Three other men ap­peared at the court on the same day and pleaded not guilty toonecounto­faf­fray.

They­will face trial at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on March 27.

HMP Peter­bor­ough

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