Thanks to our dedicated volunteer team and input from other parties, we have added new case profiles to the website.
Our broad purpose is to provide a one-stop-resource for profiles, news, and event details, useful information, appeals, and more in relation to deaths and abuse whilst in custody; including the death penalty, other injustices and human rights abuses in the UK and internationally.
Please Note: Not all cases listed here occurred recently. We are continuously adding to profiles featured on this website.
Lee Donovan was arrested in Newport, South Wales, at around 10pm on Friday 25 April 2008. He was taken to a police cell in nearby Pontypool at 10.45pm. By 1am the next morning he was dead. Lee’s family want answers as to what happened in the last hours of his life. They want to know how a happy and healthy 23 year old went out with friends on a Friday night and ended up dead in police custody just hours later.
Aleksey Baranovsky, aged 33, died in June 2006 in the health centre of HMP Rye Hill, near Daventry, where he was serving a seven-year sentence for burglary. The bleeding to death of Aleksey in prison is an outrage. It took him hours to die. He had repeatedly injured himself and was meant to be on a special watch.
Ian Tomlinson, a 47-year-old newspaper seller, died on 1st April 2009 after being assaulted by an officer policing the G20 demonstrations in London. He had been trying to walk home from work when he was confronted by police, hit with a baton and thrown to the ground. Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the Ian was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton–wielding police officer in riot gear.
44-year-old John Brady, a convicted republican, was arrested over an alleged assault in October 2009. An hour after police interviews on the 4th October he was dead. He was expected to be released from prison in November and had been on weekend release from jail when he was arrested following an altercation.
Barry’s has proven to be one of the most controversial cases in criminal history. He was arrested, charged, tried and jailed for the 1999 murder of TV presenter Jill Dando who was gunned down in broad daylight on the doorstep of her home. He was acquitted of the crime after a retrial in 2008 at London High Court.
Gary McKinnon is facing a lengthy sentence in a US jail for hacking into Pentagon and NASA systems from his home in London. Gary has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and his lawyers argued, in an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, that because of this, and because the crime was committed on British soil that he should be tried here in the UK.