An inquisition jury has resolved that it was right that a transgender restrained who died during Leeds Prison was hold in a masculine jail, though also found she was let down by a operation of services as good as her family.
Vikki Thompson, 21, was found passed in her dungeon during a jail in Nov 2015.
An inquisition into her genocide finished on Friday with a jury final that she did not intend to take her possess life.
At a finish of a two-week prolonged inquest, a jury executive summarized a operation of failings by a jail and health services though also recognized agencies ‘under measureless pressure, shorthanded and operative in intensely formidable day-to-day situations’.
He said: ‘Throughout her pell-mell life, Vikki has been let down by several departments including a NHS, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, a Prison Service and also by her family.
‘Although these departments were away wakeful of Vikki’s history, a altogether coordination of her mental and health state were lacking in any form of organisational structure.
‘During her final stay during HMP Leeds, a government of her diagnosis and mental state of mind were also lacking in professionalism and unsound for an particular of such formidable issues.’
But he said: ‘All justification points to services underneath measureless pressure, shorthanded and operative in intensely formidable day-to-day situations.’
The executive pronounced a jury had resolved that a jail was ‘the right one for Vikki’.
Miss Thompson, who was from Keighley, West Yorkshire, had identified as womanlike given she was 10 years aged though never had any surgical or hormone treatment.
The inquisition listened she did not have a Gender Recognition Certificate substantiating her womanlike temperament so she was sent to a masculine prison.
The jury also listened about a endless drug, alcohol, mental health and other problems Miss Thompson had gifted in her life.
She was primarily placed on a normal wing as staff suspicion sex offenders might poise a risk to her on a exposed restrained wing.
But Miss Thompson suffered written and earthy abuse on E Wing and began to self harm. Her ask to be eliminated to a exposed restrained wing – A Wing – was eventually granted.
The inquisition listened how she was on an hourly watch though was found on Nov 13 2015 in her dungeon with a ligature turn her neck.
The inquisition jury resolved that Miss Thompson did not intend to take her possess life.
The jail officer who found her told a jury he was a usually officer operative on A Wing that evening.
At a commencement of a two-week inquisition in Wakefield, Miss Thompson’s partner, Robert Steele, told a jury she did not wish to be in a masculine jail and wrote to him saying: ‘I know I’m going to do something silly.’
The justice was told she had regularly told jail and justice chaperon staff that she would be ‘carried out in a box’.
But, in a matter review to a court, Miss Thompson’s mother, Lisa Harrison, pronounced her daughter did not contend she had a problem being in a masculine prison.
In a matter released after a inquest: Ms Harrison said: ‘Words can't report a dissapoint of losing my daughter Vikki.
‘She was such a bubbly celebrity and so full of life.’
Ms Harrison said: ‘Vikki was concerned to be behind in jail and regularly voiced her concerns. we do not feel that a jail entirely appreciated Vikki’s vulnerabilities and we trust their miss of discernment has resulted in her death.’
Speaking outward court, Miss Thompson’s family barrister Philip Goldberg pronounced it was a ‘a deeply tragic’ case.
He said: ‘Yes, Vikki was a transgender lady housed in a masculine jail though like many others in jail her disadvantage did not make her unique.
‘It was a shortcoming of HMP Leeds to safeguard she was scrupulously looked after and safe.’
Mr Goldberg pronounced Leeds Prison has a second-highest series of self-inflicted deaths in a UK and ‘an inability to learn from their mistakes’.
He said: ‘Vikki’s mom stays deeply unsettled by a detriment of her daughter nonetheless hopes that if any good is to come of her death, it’s that a Ministry of Justice also undertakes a finish renovate of HMP Leeds.’
Mr Goldberg welcomed new process change relating to a a caring and government of transgender prisoners though pronounced there indispensable to be a ‘radical change in jail staff enlightenment and training.’
Deborah Coles, executive of Inquest, pronounced she did not trust a new measures introduced by a Government could have prevented Miss Thompson’s genocide ‘given a operation of failures unclosed during this inquest’.
She added: ‘Vikki’s diagnosis by a jail and medical trust was during best amateurish and during misfortune inhumane.’