A HOLMFIRTH man who was on remand for biting a man’s ear has been found hanged in his cell at Leeds Prison.
Prisoner Lee Anthony Greenwood was found dead by prison staff – three days after his 28th birthday.
Prison staff attempted resuscitation and paramedics attended, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Greenwood, formerly of New Mill, was on remand for an attack back in January and had been charged with wounding with intent.
The attack happened in Scholes Moor Road, Scholes, Holmfirth, when a 22-year-old man suffered an ear injury as a result of an assault.
The victim had to have specialist surgery as a result of the attack.
Greenwood had last appeared before Bradford Crown Court on June 10 and was awaiting trial in November.
He had previous convictions of aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and driving over the legal alcohol limit.
He was sentenced for 15 months for those offences in 2005.
A spokeswoman for HM Prison Leeds said: “HMP Leeds prisoner Lee Anthony Greenwood was found hanging in his cell at approximately 1.30pm on Wednesday, July 27.
“As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”
A spokesman for the Ombudsman said: “We have been informed of a death at Leeds Prison and will be carrying out an investigation which would not be made public until after the inquest had taken place.”
This is the first death at the Category B prison this year in comparison to six in 2010 and the same number in 2011.
The death comes despite calls for greater prison safety from a Mirfield mum earlier this year, following the death of her son at the Leeds prison in 2007.
Gavin Hogg, of Wellhouse Lane, Ravensthorpe, was on suicide watch after being convicted of stabbing three members of the same family at M and B Haulage on the Low Mills industrial estate, Ravensthorpe, in September, 2005.
At an inquest into his death in January this year his mum Christine Watson said she trusted inmates would be safer as a result of the inquiry after a jury returned a narrative verdict into the circumstances surrounding his death.