Another death in custody

28May08


‘How did my son die?’
27th May 2008

Lee Donovan was arrested in Newport, South Wales, at around 10pm on Friday 25 April. He was taken to a police cell in nearby Pontypool at 10.45pm. By 1am the next morning he was dead. Lee’s family desperately want answers as to what happened in the last few 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.

Lee’s father, Mark, told Socialist Worker that the family has been devastated by the death. “Lee was only 23 – it’s such a young age to die,” he said. “We are still in shock. I want to know how my son died in that cell.”

Gwent police force has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which says its investigation is ongoing.  The IPCC confirmed that Lee was arrested in Newport on suspicion of damaging a vehicle and taken by police to Pontypool station – nine miles away – as the Newport police cells were being refurbished.

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