A 21-year-old trans woman has been found dead in a men’s prison.
Vicky Thompson, who was being held at Leeds prison, had told friends and family she would kill herself if she was sent to a prison for men. The one she was sent to held 1,200 violent male prisoners.
According to her boyfriend Robert Steele, she had asked to be sent to a female prison. He said that she didn’t ‘like it there’ as people were making sexually abusive comments, as reported by the BBC.
Thompson was handed a 12-month jail term in August, suspended for 24 months. However, it appears she breached the terms of the sentence and was remanded at Bradford Crown Court.
Solicitor Mohammed Hussain urged the judge to send her to a women’s prison, describing her as ‘vulnerable’.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘HMP Leeds prisoner Vicky Thompson was found unresponsive on the evening of Friday, 13 November.
‘Staff and paramedics attempted resuscitation but she was pronounced dead at 21:10 GMT.
‘As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman’.
West Yorkshire Police said Thompson’s death was not being treated as suspicious.
This comes after the national outrage over the sentencing of Tara Hudson, a trans women who was originally sent to a men’s prison but was later moved to a women’s jail.