A TRANSGENDER woman from Keighley, who was found dead at a male prison, had her case discontinued yesterday.

Judge David Hatton QC ordered Vikki Thompson's committal for sentence, and a breach of an order, be declared of no legal effect and the files be closed.

Thompson, 21, had told her friends she would kill herself if she was sent to a male prison.

She was being held at Leeds Prison, where she was pronounced dead on November 13.

Her death triggered an urgent question in the House of Commons, prompting the prisons minister to say the number of transgender inmates would be recorded and published for the first time.

Thompson (pictured) was born male but had identified as female since her mid-teens.

She was given a 12-month jail term in August, which was suspended for 24 months.

It is understood she later breached the terms of the sentence, and was remanded in custody at Bradford Crown Court.