Father died not knowing truth about daughter’s death
November 22, 2012 in Prison Deaths & Abuse, Psychiatric Deaths & Abuse by Zinzi Eka-Naphtali
originally by: York Press
published: 13 November 2012
The heartbroken father of a York mum-of-one who died in police custody 17 months ago has himself died without ever knowing what happened to his daughter.
Toni Emma Speck, of Huntington, died last June, after being detained under the Mental Health Act. She was taken from Bootham to Fulford Road police station but died after collapsing in her cell.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation followed and the 31-year-old’s family have fought for answers since.
Toni’s sisters Michaela Peters and Dawn Atkinson, of York, say their father, 67, died from a heart attack last Tuesday following complications with blood clots, and the last conversation he had with them was over his grief at not knowing what had happened leading up to Toni’s death.
The IPCC investigation finished more than six months ago but an inquest has not been held and the coroner has yet to release information requested by the family. The IPCC findings will not be released until after the inquest.