Murderer died in prison of heart failure

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A convicted murderer who spent his final months in Kirkham prison died of heart failure, an inquest heard.

David Deakin was rushed to hospital after he collapsed in his room at the open jail and fractured his spine.

He was serving out the remainder of a minimum 18-year sentence for brutally killing a man in what a senior judge described as an “execution”.

An inquest at Blackpool Town Hall heard the 68-year-old was later moved to HMP Preston, where staff found him dead on December 27, 2013.

The hearing was told Deakin, who was moved to Kirkham in April 2013, had been “in prison for some years” and suffered from several health complaints.

Although coroner Alan Wilson did not say why Deakin was jailed, The Gazette understands he was convicted of beating and stabbing a man to death in Yorkshire before burning evidence back in 1998.

The inquest heard the 68-year-old collapsed after rushing back to his room to use the toilet on December 8, 2013.

Deakin, who had previously suffered two heart attacks and had been diagnosed with type two diabetes many years earlier, was given a back brace for a hairline fracture to his spine following the fall.

He was treated at Royal Preston Hospital before being transferred to HMP Preston for health reasons.

The court heard from a fellow inmate, Glynn Hatter, who was escorted in by prison staff to give evidence, who told 
how Deakin had been suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea in the hours before he died.

In his statement, read out by the coroner, he said Deakin was in “poor” health and his condition got worse “day by day”.

He struggled to sleep at night and another inmate said in his statement he frequently heard Deakin “moaning and groaning”.

However, both said he was quiet throughout the night before prison staff found him dead on the morning of December 27.

His son, also called David, was at Blackpool Town Hall for the two-day hearing, which stated on Thursday.

Mr Wilson, who quizzed health professionals over the frequency of medical checks on Deakin following a request from a GP to monitor his condition, listed a series of concerns raised by family members.

He told the hearing: “They raised an issue in terms of whether the doctor’s instructions had been passed on to medical professionals.”

Other issues related to the medication he received
 and whether changes in his condition had been properly reported to the appropriate people.

The hearing has been adjourned until later this year while the court awaits further information.

The inquest will resume at 10am on November 23.