South Scotland

James Reid Dumfries Prison death 'unavoidable'

An inquiry has concluded no precautions could have avoided the death of a child killer in Dumfries Prison last year.

James Reid, who was serving life for the murder of a four-year-old boy in Glasgow in 1997, died in November.

A hearing at Dumfries Sheriff Court was told the 73-year-old was suffering from an inoperable disease and had refused medical treatment for the condition.

Sheriff Janette Scott said the death was not caused or contributed to by any defects in the prison working system.

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