A man who had been convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-month-old baby was found hanging in his cell and later died at a hospital.
James King, 31, previously known as Robin Hollyson, filmed himself raping the infant and was sentenced to 24 years of jail time, Express reports. Fellow inmates at the prison where he was serving his sentence had taken out contracts on King to "give him a black eye or two" or to burn him, according to prisoner John Denham.
King was found hanging in his cell four months into his sentence, and died two days later after being taken to a hospital.
King had previously attempted suicide before arriving at the prison in Bristol, and had been placed under observation three times for fear that he had a risk of harming himself. King reportedly suffered from depression and anxiety, which became worse when he was sentenced.
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Forensic officers investigated King's cell, and found two suicide notes. Investigators said that they did not suspect "foul play" in King's death.
Deborah Wyatt, King's mother, said that another member of the pedophile ring that her son had been a part of was "sugared," or burned with sugary water. Wyatt said that King had feared that he was the attack's intended target.
Wyatt added that she had last seen her son after Christmas, and was worried about his safety.
"James suggested to us that the attack on Matthew was intended for him. I believe he was concerned and I believe he was told about the attack by another prisoner," said Wyatt.
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During King's sentencing in 2015, Judge Julian Lambert said that the gang was "evil beyond rational understanding."
"In the worst nightmare, from the very deepest recesses of the mind, at the darkest hour of the night, few can have imagined the terrifying depravity which you men admit," Lambert said.
Amanda Jeffery, a pathologist, said that King had died from lack of oxygen from the hanging. After a four-day inquest, a jury came to the conclusion that King's death was a suicide, Daily Mail reports.