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PROSECUTION OF POLICE OFFICERS FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF COLIN HOLT BEGINS WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL
10am, Maidstone Crown Court
Before The Hon. Mr Justice Singh
The prosecution of two police officers, PC Leigh and PC Bowdery, charged with misconduct in public office following the death of Colin Holt will begin on Wednesday 24 April.
Mr Holt suffered from mental health problems and had absconded from the hospital where he had been sectioned. Police went to his flat where he was restrained. He died from asphyxia during the restraint.
Notes to editor:
1. The IPCC’s statistics on deaths in police custody for 2011/12 revealed that nearly half (7 out 15) of those who died in or following police custody were identified as having mental health problems http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/en/Pages/reports_polcustody.aspx.
2. INQUEST is working the family of Colin Holt. The family is being represented by Mark Scott of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors.
‘You have clearly made yourselves a force to be reckoned with, a powerful instrument for good. In the process you have not only achieved real change in an aspect of our common life which would have commanded little attention or esteem were it not for your efforts, but you have at the same time offered enormous support to those bereaved people who long for a clear verdict on the death in custody of someone who means a great deal to them.’
– Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards