source: The Guardian
published: 19 May 2017
A transgender woman found dead in a male prison did not mean to kill herself and should not have been held in a female jail, a jury has concluded.
Vikki Thompson, a vulnerable 21-year-old who had grown up in and out of care in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was found hanged in her cell in the dark at HMP Leeds on 13 November 2015 after warning several people on her way to jail that she would “leave in a box”, Wakefield coroner’s court heard.
She was in prison after breaching an order relating to a shoplifting conviction and had failed to attend two probation appointments, her partner said.
In January 2015, Thompson had reported three allegations of sexual offences committed between 2007 and 2011, West Yorkshire police said after the inquest’s conclusion. Detectives interviewed three men before her death but no charges were brought.