source: ITV News
published: 5 January 2017
An investigation has been launched following the death of a transgender female inmate in an all-male prison. Jenny Swift was found dead on December 30 at 12.40am in her cell at Category B HMP Doncaster men’s prison where she had been remanded five weeks before on an attempted murder charge.
Staff and paramedics attempted CPR but she was pronounced dead at 1.10am, the Prison Service said.
Swift, 49, from Seaforth in Sefton, Merseyside, was charged with attempted murder after Eric Flanagan, 26, was found with multiple stab wounds in Balby, Doncaster, on November 15.
She was remanded in custody at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court two days later. Mr Flanagan died a month after the incident.
A Prison Services spokeswoman said: “As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”
The inquiry into Mr Flanagan’s dead is ongoing, police said.