Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester/Norwich: Incredible Hulk onesie rapist took his own life in prison the day before his sentencing

18:30 06 March 2014

A Colchester man who was found hanged in his prison cell the day before he was due to be sentenced for rape committed suicide, an inquest has found.

shares

Paul Gigg, of Chinook, Highwoods, had worn an Incredible Hulk onesie when he attacked a 19-year-old woman at a music event in Great Yarmouth.

The 30-year-old was pronounced dead by paramedics after being found with a ligature around his neck in Norwich prison on January 27 last year.

The jury at Gigg’s inquest heard written evidence from fellow prisoners - one of whom said Gigg had been “concerned and anxious” about being a convicted rapist and the effect that would have on his children”.

Gigg had been charged with two counts of rape which happened at the Vauxhall Holiday Park in Acle New Road on October 20 2012, during the three-day Kiss Weekender event.

Gigg, a chef, pleaded guilty at court in December 2012. He was due to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on January 28, 2013.

It heard evidence an alarm was raised after prison staff got “no response” from Gigg’s cell during morning roll call at about 5.15am on January 27 2013.

When they entered the cell Gigg was found with a ligature around his neck.

Although staff tried to resuscitate Gigg he was pronounced dead at 5.53am.

A post mortem examination was carried out and cause of death was given as hanging.

The inquest heard evidence about Gigg’s mental state during his time in prison.

His overall picture was described by a nurse at the prison as “downward”.

However, she referred to a visit with Gigg in December 2012 as being “more positive”.

Written evidence from one of Gigg’s fellow inmates said he was “down” following his court appearance on December 21 2012 when he pleaded guilty.

He described Gigg as being “emotional” after a visit from his family on January 15, 2013, although added he had never talked about taking his own life.

Another prisoner said Gigg had a “difficult” phone conversation with his family after making his plea.

The two-day inquest also heard evidence from another prisoner that Gigg had talked about “knowing how he would take his own life if he wanted to” and mentioned “hanging”.

He described how the day before his death Gigg spent “a lot of time in his cell on his own” although there had been no mention of him feeling down or self harming.

The inquest jury returned a finding of suicide.

Assistant Norfolk Coroner David Osborne offered his sincere condolences to the family who lost a loved one in “difficult” and “tragic” circumstances.

shares

0 comments

Web fire

A primary school has been forced not to open this morning for the first day of term after a blaze broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Jo Churchill has heard many concerns about Syrian refugees.

Three Suffolk MPs have added their calls for Britain to join other European countries in offering more Syrian refugees a safe haven.

The Woodbridge Heritage Group are campaigning against the proposed relocation of

Campaigners fighting for a statue to remain in the town where it has stood for 35 years have received backing from a relative of its original benefactor.

More than 5,000 smokers in Essex have quit in the last year

The number of people to quit smoking in Essex in the last year is the second highest in the country, new government data has revealed.

Police burglary investigation - stock photo

A burglar who targeted elderly people living in sheltered housing accomodation in Suffolk and Essex has been jailed for seven years.

Sarah Bartram at West Suffolk House, home to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Campaigners have cautiously welcomed news that a second round of consultation on a major waste facility in Bury St Edmunds will give people the chance to suggest alternative sites.

Stephen Kavanagh.

Essex Police’s most senior police officer last night admitted the number of bobbies on the beat is falling as the pattern of crime continues to change, including a rise in child sexual exploitation and cybercrime.

Roadworks at the junction of Handford Road and Portman Road in Ipswich.

Ipswich leaders have voiced their outrage as a major Ipswich road is being dug up for the sixteenth time in ONE year – bringing chaos to parts of the town centre.

CyclePark+ launch at Colchester Railway Station

A new cycle parking facility was opened at Colchester railway station yesterday.

Allison Heathcote and son James Heathcote at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where she was treated after being shot five times in the Tunisia terror attacks.

A Felixstowe woman who was fighting for her life after the Tunisia beach attack in which her husband was killed has said she can only “vaguely recall” the massacre.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages