Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Capel St Mary: Inquest hears convicted murderer Simon Hall died from hanging

16:58 05 March 2014

Simon Hall

Simon Hall

An inquest has established that convicted murderer Simon Hall’s death was caused by hanging.

The 36-year-old, who confessed last year to killing Joan Albert at her home in Boydlands, Capel St Mary, was found unconscious in his cell at HMP Wayland, near Thetford, on February 23, but attempts to resuscitate him failed.

An inquest was opened to establish the reason for his death.

Last month, Hall’s wife Stephanie told this paper that her husband was not able to live with himself after confessing to killing the 79-year-old widow.

She said her husband had previously made attempts on his life, having admitted his guilt 11 years after being arrested and subsequently jailed.

Hall, formerly of Hill House Road, Ipswich, had protested his innocence until admitting his guilt last August when he was an inmate at Hollesley Bay open prison, near Woodbridge.

Earlier in the year he had been taken to Ipswich Hospital in what was said to have been a life-threatening condition.

Mrs Albert was found in the hallway of her home on December 16, 2001. She had been stabbed five times.

Hall had claimed his conviction was a miscarriage of justice and launched a series of appeals, winning the backing of MPs, appearing in the BBC documentary Rough Justice and submitting two applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to consider his case.

He was found hanging from the bed in his cell in the early hours of Sunday, February 23.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said Hall was found by a prison officer.

The inquest will be reviewed on or before May 22.

0 comments

GV - Ipswich Crown Court

An Essex woman who took advantage of her estranged husband being in hospital to steal his cheque book and plunder more than £18,000 from his bank account has been jailed.

The Chinese restaurant fire in Halstead - image from Essex County Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were called to a blaze that broke out at a Chinese restaurant in High Street, Halstead, this afternoon.

Updated GVs of the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

A popular Bury St Edmunds music venue could save the taxpayer £150,000 a year by raising ticket prices an average of just £2.

Police are investigating

Police have been called to Thurston Road near Bury St Edmunds this evening after a bull escaped its field and onto the road.

The Milburn Centre Syndicate at the West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk have scooped £1 million pounds in the National Lottery. Some of the lucky winners received their cheque at Ickworth Hall Hotel, Suffolk.  Picture by: Jason Mitchell

A syndicate of 20 West Suffolk College staff are celebrating their Lotto Millionaire Raffle win.

breaking-news-generic

Police probing a possible sighting of a man near Colchester Garrison this afternoon have confirmed the incident is not linked to the RAF Marham investigation.

Cecil and Alice Westgate, of Nayland, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

A combination of wonderful Sunday lunches and the fact that his wife is “perfect in almost every way” has kept Cecil Westgate happily married for the past 70 years.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24