Mother of Neasden father found dead in prison cell claims his death is suspicious
PUBLISHED: 16:22 28 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:00 30 July 2015
The mother of a young father from Neasden who was found hanged in his prison cell claims his death is suspicious and is threatening to sue the authorities.
Ranique Edwards, 24, died in Wormwood Scrubs prison last month while on remand waiting to be sentenced for rape and assault.
Maureen Walker, who lives in Wembley, told the Times: “There is no way my son killed himself. He loved his daughter too much, no way.
“I’m going to sue Wormwood Scrubs.”
Mr Edwards, the father of a five-year-old girl, had been in prison since April when he was convicted of his crimes.
He was found dead in his cell in the E wing of the prison on June 15, three days after his sentence was adjourned until July 24.
According to Ms Walker she was told by the prison they did not have any CCTV footage capturing the final hours of her son’s life.
She said: “I understood from my son that he was being bullied within the prison due to his crime.
“Three-and-a-half hours after he died I was told he was found in the bathroom, then they told me the toilet and then another two officers said he died over the window.
“How could he commit suicide in three different areas? It doesn’t make sense.”
A former pupil of Willesden High School, now Capital City Academy in Doyle Gardens, he had attended a college in Acton to train as a chef but was unemployed at the time of his arrest last November.
Despite his conviction, Ms Walker, who has two younger children, says her eldest child was innocent.
She told the Times that as a minor Mr Edwards had been tried for a serious offence but after his acquittal he had had no further contact with the police until his arrest.
She added: “It’s so sad to lose him just like that.
“It doesn’t add up, nothing adds up. I’ve lost the best part of me right now.”
A spokesman for Wormwood Scrubs said: “All deaths in custody are investigated by the independent prison and probation ombudsman.”
The funeral of Ranique Edwards will take place at St Michael’s Church in Hillside, Stonebridge, on August 7 at 11am.
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