A convicted child rapist was named the first British prisoner to die of coronavirus at a site in Cambridgeshire.
Edwin Hillier, 84, died Sunday (March 22), 48 hours after being rushed to hospital from his cell in HMP Littlehey.
Hillier was sentenced to four years in prison for eight and a half years for raping a girl under the age of 14 and attempting to rape another girl under the age of 15 in the 1970s, according to The Sun.
The Hertfordshire man was named the first prisoner to die of the deadly virus, but was initially taken to hospital on Friday (March 20) with suspected sepsis, it was said.
Hillier was convicted of his crimes in February 2016.
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An investigation into the death of the prisoner will now be conducted and to see if other prisoners or staff members have also contracted the virus.
A prison service spokesman told Mirror Online: “An 84-year-old prisoner at HMP Littlehey died in the hospital on March 22. Our thoughts are with his family right now.
“As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the prisoner and ombudsman.”
Over 9,500 people across the UK have tested positive for COVID-19.
As of 13:00 on Wednesday (Wednesday March 26), 19 prisoners in ten prisons were being treated for coronavirus.
A second UK prisoner has reportedly become the next coronavirus victim in a UK prison.
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