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College student jailed for DUI hit-and-run commits suicide in prison after she’s allegedly bullied, strip searched regularly

One report claims the young woman was forced to ‘parade around naked’ for prison guards

A 21-year-old woman who was sent to prison despite her victim’s pleas to spare the college student jail time has reportedly taken her own life in prison.

The Telegraph reports that Katie Allan, who was a student at Glasgow University, killed herself in jail while she was serving a 16-month sentence at Polmont Prison in Brightons, Scotland.

Allan had confessed in February to being under the influence of alcohol when she ran over a 15-year-old boy in a suburb of Glasgow in August 2017 and fled the scene as he was bleeding from the head, according to a BBC report.

The student had reportedly drank four pints at a pub and admitted to leaving the scene of the crash when officers tracked her down at her home. She was reportedly “upset and distressed” and put her arms out to be handcuffed, inquiring about the condition of the person she had hit.

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The victim, Michael Keenan, survived the accident but suffered multiple injuries and was dependent on crutches for months after the hit-and-run.

Allan reportedly pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced to 16 months behind bars despite Keenan and his family requesting that she be spared jail time.

“She was obviously full of remorse and apologised several times to us,” Michael Keenan reportedly told the Telegraph. 

“We wrote to the CPS to ask them to spare Katie of a custodial sentence, we were ignored. As the victims, we didn’t think it was necessary, some people don’t get custodial sentences when the victims have died.”

In the UK, a custodial sentence refers to a sentence served in a secure facility, as opposed to house arrest.

Katie’s parents told the Telegraph that their daughter was relentlessly bullied by other inmates and “strip-searched after almost every visit” her parents made to the prison.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, a source claimed that Allan was “forced to parade around naked” in front of the prison guards.

Her mom told the Daily Mail that Katie appeared very distressed at their last visit and had begun to lose her hair.

It is not known how the young woman took her life. The Daily Mail reports that Allen had “self-harm marks” on her body during a post-mortem examination.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide an update once more information is available.

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[Feature image: Katie Allan/Facebook]