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Murderer Simon Hall prison death concerns raised

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Image caption Simon Hall was found hanging in his cell at Wayland Prison in Norfolk, an inquest heard

Alleged failures by the prison service in a killer's case had an "impact" on him later being found dead in his jail cell, a pre-inquest hearing was told.

Simon Hall, 36, was found hanged at Wayland Prison, Norfolk, in 2014.

Hall was jailed in 2003 for killing Joan Albert, but claimed innocence for 12 years before confessing his guilt.

The hearing was told that when he was transferred to Wayland, details of his suicidal tendencies were not passed on - although this has been disputed.

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Image caption Joan Albert was found dead in the hallway of her home

The hearing, held by Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake, was told Hall had attempted suicide following his confession to killing Mrs Albert, 79, at her home in Capel St Mary, near Ipswich.

Tom Stoate, counsel to Hall's wife Stephanie, asked for the inquest to include an investigation into his medical care at Hollesley Bay open prison, near Woodbridge in Suffolk, from where he was transferred to Wayland.

He alleged there was "evidence of systemic failures" in the passing of information to Wayland, near Thetford, about Hall's suicidal condition, which had a "clear impact on his death".

But Cicely Heywood, counsel for HM Prisons, disputed key information on Hall was not sent to the jail at the time of his transfer.

Ms Lake said an inquest with a jury would look into this later this year.

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