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April 1, 2014
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Jamaican dies in UK immigration detention facility
Andre' Williams, STAR Writer

A full investigation has been launched by the police in the United Kingdom, seeking to determine how a Jamaican national, being detained at an immigration detention facility, died on Sunday shortly after waking up.

THE STAR understands that 40-year-old Christine Case collapsed and died while being detained at Yarl's Wood Detention Center.

According to www.voice-online.co.uk, It was revealed that the death caused panic within the immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire.

Sources said they heard Case crying for help before suffering a heart attack.

deep regret

A spokesperson from the Jamaican High Commission, who was informed of the death, said, "It is with deep regret that the Jamaican High Commission has received news of the untimely passing yesterday of Christine Case. The high commission wishes to extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Case, who have since been advised of her death. We join them in mourning her loss and wish them God's comfort in this difficult time."

The spokesman said the commission was 'looking forward' to the outcome of the investigation into her death launched by Bedfordshire police.

THE STAR gathered that campaigners have long been calling for the closure of the centre, including high-profile supporters such as author Zadie Smith.

Yarl's Wood is the main removal centre for women and families facing deportation and is operated by Serco, a private security firm.

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