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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 lot do a wonderful job and people who are right at the top need to acknowledge your work and what you do for the families. Without your help we wouldn’t know where to start. You found out lawyer and you put us on the right track. People need to hear from families and how they are affected by this long process’
– Bereaved family member