First UK prisoner to die in coronavirus pandemic was 84-year-old child rapist

A vile OAP paedophile is the first prisoner in the UK to die from coronavirus.

The 84-year-old inmate was being held at HMP Littlehey, a category C male sex offenders' prison in Cambridgeshire.

He reportedly had underlying health issues and died in hospital on Sunday and has been named by the Sun as Edwin Hillier.

The paper reports Hillier, from Hemel Hempstead, Herts was convicted in February 2016 of raping a girl under 14 and attempting to rape another aged under 15 in the 1970s.

A source told the Sun: "The real concern is how he picked it up, who else he's come into contact with and how he died.

"Did he pick it up in prison or in hospital? And if it was in prison, then it's a race against time to isolate anyone he came into contact with."

A Prison Service spokesman said: "An 84-year-old prisoner at HMP Littlehey died in hospital on March 22.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

"As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

As of Wednesday, 19 inmates had tested positive for Covid-19 across 10 jails and four prison staff had tested positive for the disease across four jails.

Three prisoner escort and custody services staff have also tested positive for Covid-19.

The Prison Service said robust contingency plans have been put in place at its facilities in consultation with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

It added that prisons are well prepared to take immediate action wherever cases or suspected cases of Covid-19 are identified, including the isolation of individuals where necessary.

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