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Student who took her own life in prison cell after constant bullying ‘given banana instead of bandana’ for hair loss

Student who took her own life in prison cell after constant bullying ‘given banana instead of bandana’ for hair loss 2  GFM SDR 091018 Katie Allan a012


A university student who was convicted of drink driving after running a teenager over has taken her own life in prison.

Katie Allan, 21, was serving time in prison after she she had ran over Michael Keenan, 15, leaving him bleeding an unconscious after driving over the legal drink drive limit.

Although Keenan made a full recovery with his family pleading for Allan not to be jailed, she was still sentenced to two years imprisonment

Now, Katie’s parents say staff brought her a banana instead of a bandana when she asked for help covering up her hair loss.

Katie was bullied in Polmont prison in Scotland by other inmates about her hair loss, the Daily Record reports.

Her mum Linda and dad Stuart were worried about the effect this had on her and asked for a bandana to be sent to her to help.

They say that a nurse failed to support her and instead gave her bananas.



Student convicted of drink driving took own life in cell

Her parents will be meeting with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and Labour’s justice spokesman Daniel ­Johnson.

They are compiling a dossier of failures at Polmont and Forth Valley NHS ahead of the discussion.

Katie was found dead in her cell in June, three weeks before she was to be released on a tag.



Student who took her own life in prison cell after constant bullying ‘given banana instead of bandana’ for hair loss

She had been sentenced to 16 months for drink driving and causing injury by dangerous driving.

Her parents say she was failed by police, her lawyer, the courts, sheriff David Pender, the Crown and Polmont governor Brenda Stewart.

They have now turned their ­attention to Forth Valley NHS, who were responsible for Katie’s wellbeing .

The Allans are furious that a GP did not raise ­concerns after ­seeing Katie in the prison.

They say more should have been done to help when it became obvious Katie was ­suffering from ­alopecia.

In a letter to Forth Valley NHS’s director of nursing Angela Wallace, Linda wrote: “Katie’s legal representative emailed the governor of Polmont on the 26th of April, at our request, to seek medical ­intervention for Katie’s rapid hair loss.

“Katie had tried and failed on several occasions to access ­nursing or medical treatment and was being tormented and bullied because of her hair loss by other girls in her hall.

“The Scottish Prison Service highlighted this to the NHS staff as a direct result of our intervention.

“When Katie began to lose her hair I asked if Katie be allowed a head scarf or ‘bandana’ to cover the apparent areas of ­baldness.

“This was refused by the reception staff at HMP & YOI ­Polmont.

“SPS staff contacted the health centre before the 27th of April seeking advice on how to get Katie a head covering. Katie reported that a prison officer called the health centre and spoke with a member of the nursing team asking if Katie be allowed a head scarf or ­bandana.

“The nurse stated that they indeed had such items and would bring some to Katie’s hall. A nurse went to Katie’s hall with two bananas.

“As amusing as this story was at the time, it is a tragic ­representation of the blatant incompetence of the nursing staff.”

Dad Stuart said: “It sums up the sheer incompetence that we have encountered every step of the way.”



Student who took her own life in prison cell after constant bullying ‘given banana instead of bandana’ for hair loss

The Sunday Mail revealed Katie’s tragic story last month and her family and lawyer Aamer Anwar are campaigning for reform of the system.

Katie was locked up despite a plea from the family of Michael Keenan, 15, who was struck by her car in Giffnock, near ­Glasgow, in August last year.

The Scottish Prison Service have refused to comment until after a fatal accident inquiry.

Forth Valley NHS did not respond to requests for ­comment.


Source : BirminghamMail

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