"Truly shocking" death at HMP Peterborough

6 April 2019, 10:02 | Updated: 6 April 2019, 10:08

Peterborough Jail

The events leading up to the death of an inmate at Peterborough jail have been described an inquest as 'truly shocking'.

An inquest has concluded into the death of inmate Annabella Landsberg.

Ms Landsberg, 45, died in hospital on 6 September 2017, from multiple-organ failure, caused by diabetic ketoacidosis, rhabdomyolysis and aspiration pneumonia.

Elizabeth  Moody, acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) in Oct 2018 when the investigation was completed, said:

"The events leading up to Ms Landsberg's death are truly shocking.  

After being restrained by staff on 2 September, she was left lying on her cell floor in the segregation unit for 21 hours without being examined by healthcare staff.  

When she was finally examined on 3 September, she was found to be extremely ill and was sent to hospital, where she remained in critical care until she died.  

Both discipline and nursing staff assumed initially that Ms Landsberg was play-acting and it took them far too long to seek managerial intervention and to carry out appropriate clinical examinations."  

The published report details the findings and recommendations following the PPO investigation."