Evil Peter Sutcliffe kept in chains and banned from calling family before death

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Evil serial killer Peter Sutcliffe was kept in chains until just before his death and was prevented from calling his wife, an ombudsman report has revealed.

Sutcliffe, who was nicknamed the Yorkshire Ripper, who murdered 13 women during his reign of terror, died after contracting coronavirus while suffering from heart disease at HMP Frankland, County Durham, in November 2020.

It was reported that Sutcliffe, who went by the name Peter Coonan, had refused treatment for Covid-19 and was also dealing with several other health problems.

Prison ombudsman Sue McAllister expressed concerns that the killer, who was also blind and used a wheelchair, had to endure an eight-hour wait for secure transport back to the jail after being discharged from hospital.

She also questioned the use of restraints on Sutcliffe and highlighted that staff delayed removing them when they were asked to do so.

The report states: "Although most of the prison’s liaison with Mr Coonan’s next of kin was of a good standard, we are disappointed that he could not talk directly with his next of kin when he was dying and that prison staff had to act as messengers for their personal messages."

Ms McAllister recommended the prison governor should ensure staff allow a dying prisoner direct contact with their next of kin or family member via mobile phone.

The report found that on October 28, 2020, he was sent to hospital after a scan found problems in his heart and he was fitted with a pacemaker and discharged.

Sutcliffe tested positive for Covid-19 at prison on November 4 and spent more time in hospital on November 8 and 9 due to concerns about low oxygen in his blood.

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He was vomiting and also had diarrhoea, but on both occasions he was discharged after his condition improved.

On November 10, Sutcliffe was asked if he wanted to move back to the hospital but told staff "there's no point as all the too-ing and fro-ing isn’t helping him or doctors”.

The prison GP then spoke with a hospital consultant and agreed that he should be moved there as his kidney function had deteriorated.

He was moved to hospital and the heads of security and operations and healthcare staff at the prison agreed restraints wouldn’t be required due to his condition.

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But the on-call manager of the Long-Term and High Security Estate Group rejected this and ordered an escort chain be used.

Ms McAllister wrote: "We are concerned that healthcare staff did not include crucial information about Mr Coonan’s medical condition in the escort risk assessment, which meant that the authorising managers in the Category A Team were unable to make informed decisions on whether it was justified to restrain him.

"We are also concerned that when hospital doctors were giving Mr Coonan end of life care, the decision to remove Mr Coonan’s restraints took too long and that escorting officers did not remove the restraints promptly after an authorising manager gave verbal permission to do so."

Sutcliffe’s murderous spree began in October 1975 with 28-year-old mother-of-four Wilma McCann, who was hit with a hammer and stabbed 15 times.

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Sutcliffe went on to kill another 12 women over the following five years while he was interviewed nine times during the course of a huge investigation.

He continued to swerve he authorities until he was finally apprehended in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, for driving with fake number plates.

Sutcliffe was convicted of the murders in May 1981 and sentenced to 20 concurrent life sentences.

He spent three decades at the high-security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor Hospital before being moved to HMP Frankland in 2016.

On the day of his death, West Yorkshire Police apologised for the "language, tone and terminology" used in the 1970s to describe some of the killer's victims.

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  • Crime
  • Peter Sutcliffe
  • Serial Killers
  • Coronavirus

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