Three inmates found hanging in a month

A CONVICTED sex offender is one of three men to have committed suicide at Lewes prison in the space of a month.

Colin Morton, 69, of Glasgow but previously of Manor Road, Hastings, had been convicted at Lewes Crown Court of 14 sexual offences against young girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

Just two days later, on July 1, while stile awaiting sentencing, he was found hanging in his cell.

Morton was not being treated as a suicide risk.

A prison service spokesperson said: “HMP Lewes prisoner Colin Morton was found hanging in his cell at 5.45am on Sunday 1 July.

“Prison staff tried to resuscitate him and paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at 6.10am.

“As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”

This was the first in the recent spate of suicides at the prison.

Nathan Vaughan-Jones, 34, serving an 11-year sentence after stabbing his stepfather to death last year, was found hanging in his prison cell last Friday (July 27).

Vaughan-Jones had a history of depression, but was not considered a suicide risk at the time of his death.

Then on Monday (July 30), a former detective constable at Surrey Police, Peter Foster, was found hanging in his cell at Lewes Prison.

Foster killed his ex-partner detective constable Heather Cooper before dumping her body in woods near Petworth, last October.

It is believed he was being treated as a suicide risk at the time of his death.