Two police officers prosecuted over mentally ill man’s death

Colin Holt
Colin Holt

originally by: The Guardian  
published: 6 September 2012

Two police officers are to be prosecuted for misconduct in public office after a 52-year-old man died while under police restraint.

PCs Maurice Leigh and Neil Bowdery are to appear in court in connection with the death of Colin Holt, who died from positional asphyxia at his home in Gillingham, Kent, on 30 August 2010. The summonses to Medway magistrates court on 8 October follow an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Holt’s death occurred after staff at Medway Maritime hospital called police to report that Holt, who had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, was missing. Officers from Kent police went to his flat and found him there.

The decision to prosecute the two constables was made on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Rene Barclay, the principal crown advocate with the CPS special crime team, said on Thursday: “I have advised the IPCC to obtain summonses for PC Maurice Leigh and PC Neil Bowdery.

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3 thoughts on “Two police officers prosecuted over mentally ill man’s death

  1. Thank you, 4WardEver UK. I follow and report brutality and killings of mentally ill people in the USA at my blog Dog Justice for Mentally Ill . I try to post news and viewpoints to decriminalize mental illness at my Care2 site “Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill,” but censorship has taken over our 300 members’ ability to publish freely there. As you probably know, treatment in hospitals and community care programs would negatively impact prison profits, so our advocacy is intensely monitored and censored. Please sign and share a petition for freedom of press/free speech for human rights advocates in the USA at If we are disallowed the opportunity to speak for physically, mentally handicapped people, that is sad.

  2. Gee, they actually prosecute police officers for killing mentally ill people in the UK? Mentally ill Americans do not usually get DOG JUSTICE (the level of justice that is applied to canine murders). In fact, authorities sometimes collude to cover-up police murders of Americans with mentally illness. See Wrongful Death of Larry Neal website at

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