Victim of police brutality, alleged sexual assault in hospital and death in a prison cell

Sarah Reed, a 32-year-old woman who was assaulted by a police officer in 2012 has died in Holloway Prison, north London, on 11 January after being held on remand for a grievous bodily harm with intent charge. This was after striking back at her alleged abuser while receiving treatment at a secure mental health unit.

The Ministry of Justice said that Ms Reed was “found unresponsive in her cell”.

“As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”

Reed wrote to her family to say she had been sexually assaulted at the facility. But rather than being released back into a secure hospital, she was held on remand at Holloway prison.

Reed had suffered serious mental illness since the death of a child in 2003 and had been in and out of secure mental health units.

Met police officer James Kiddie responded to a shop-lifting allegation in 2012 where he grabbed Ms Reed by her hair and beat her around the head and face with his fist. He was later found guilty in 2014 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of assault and given a 12-month community order and sacked from the force.

Kiddie claimed that Ms Reed had threatened him with violence and had tried to bite him before he attacked her and on that basis tried to appeal against his conviction.

A judge later rejected his version of events after it emerged he had tried to convince a witness to corroborate his claims.