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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.
‘The decision to publish the Cass report is an extraordinary victory for INQUEST… Belatedly, it lifts another layer of camouflage from the secrets, lies and impunity that prevail in large sections of the British state and make such terrible events not merely possible but more likely…What INQUEST, Celia Stubbs and countless others around the world – say, the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Disappeared in Argentina – keep reminding us is not just that the instincts of the powerful are wrong, but that they can also be defeated, however long it may take.’
– David Ransom, friend of Blair Peach and former editor of New Internationalist magazine