Lisa Woodhall

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Lisa Woodhall / Paul Hayes, a violent male who identifies as a trans woman, was convicted of wounding with intent at Plymouth Crown Court in 2005 and sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

Media reports differ on the details of the offence, with the BBC and Metro reporting that Woodhall slashed the eyelids of an ex-boyfriend’s male partner and Pink News reporting it was the victim’s throat that was slashed.

Woodhall, from Taunton, was held at women’s closed category prison HMP Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire, having undergone surgery to live as a trans woman in 2004. The prisoner had a history of mental ill health, self harm and articulated repeated threats against staff while in prison.

On 8th October 2006, Woodhall died in hospital aged 28 after being discovered hanging at HMP Eastwood Park. At the time of death the prisoner was confined to their cell and three officers had to be present to unlock the cell as a result of the repeated threats made to staff and the risk to other prisoners.

The inquest jury was asked to consider whether the prison authorities had acted to secure Woodhall’s safety. They ruled adequate care had been provided by the prison and returned a verdict of suicide.

In line with the Samaritan’s best practice guidelines on reporting suicide, the contents of Woodhall’s suicide note is not included here.

Prisons & Probation Ombudsman report on the death of the prisoner https://www.ppo.gov.uk/app/uploads/2014/07/094-06-death-of-a-female-prisoner.pdf

Media reports:

BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/7342960.stm

Metro http://metro.co.uk/2008/04/07/hanged-transsexual-murdered-by-ignorance-72430/

Pink News http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2008/04/07/suicide-prisoner-was-victim-of-trans-bullying/