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Killer found hanging in jail cell
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Prison staff tried to resuscitate Lisa Doe but she died in hospital
A woman sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a homeless man has been discovered hanging in her jail cell.

Staff at Send Prison, near Woking, Surrey, attempted to resuscitate Lisa Doe after she was found on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old was taken to hospital and put on a ventilator but later pronounced dead.

Doe was a crack cocaine addict when she was convicted of stabbing to death Patrick Garwood, 39, at a trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2003.

Kitchen knife

A Prison Service spokesman said: "Lisa Doe was found hanging in her cell at approximately 1710 BST yesterday.

"Staff attempted CPR and paramedics were called. She was taken to hospital and put on a ventilator but was pronounced dead at 2300 BST.

"Every death in custody is a tragedy, and our sympathies are with the family of Ms Doe at this time."

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation into the death which is standard procedure.

Winchester Crown Court heard that Doe stabbed Mr Garwood three times with a large kitchen knife following an argument at her home in Aldershot, Hampshire, in April 2003.

Neighbours spotted Doe, her sister and friend dragging his body down some stairs.

The jury were told the trio dumped Mr Garwood's corpse behind their block of flats, then called an ambulance and told police he had been in a fight.

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