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'Cruel' burglar found hanging in Norwich Prison cell

A burglar called "vicious and cruel" for pulling a 78-year-old to the ground to steal two diamond rings has died after being found hanging in his cell.

Zackie Melheim, 47, died in hospital on 28 August, five days after being found in his cell at Norwich Prison.

He had been recalled to prison after breaching conditions of his release from a five-year sentence for burglary.

He had been jailed in 2007 after taking the rings from the pensioner at her home in Watford in 2006.

Melheim was not on suicide watch.

Jailing Melheim at St Albans Crown Court, Judge John Plumstead told him: "You are a ruthless, vicious and cruel man.

"You manhandled the elderly lady to the floor and grazed her face. I cannot imagine what on earth anyone would have to think of their fellow humans to behave like that."

A Prison Service spokesman said: "Prisoner Zackie Melheim was found hanging in his cell at HMP Norwich on Tuesday 23 August.

"Staff attempted resuscitation and he was taken to outside hospital but was pronounced dead at 2042 BST on Sunday 28 August.

"As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

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