A HUDDERSFIELD man and his cellmate killed themselves in prison.
An inquest has finally been held into the tragic deaths of Denby Dale armed robber Patrick Kilty and his Barnsley cellmate, Shaun Hazelhurst, who were found dead in the cell they shared in Strangeways jail, Manchester, five years ago.
Both men had ligatures around their necks.
Now an inquest has been held in Manchester and coroner Nigel Meadows recorded verdicts that both men took their own lives.
Kilty, 32, who had also lived in Newsome and Skelmanthorpe, was jailed for life by a judge at Leeds Crown Court just before Christmas 2003.
He was convicted of robbing a taxi controller at gunpoint in Newsome and beating him in an armed robbery in February, 2002.
Hazelhurst was serving a four-year sentence for robbery after being jailed at Manchester Crown Court in August 2004.
The inquest took years to come to coroner’s court as full inquiries were held into the double death.
The pair shared a prison cell and neither was on suicide watch, but it is not thought a suicide note was found with the bodies.
The inquest at Manchester Civil Justice Centre heard a convicted murderer deny putting a price on the heads of the two men.
Daniel Thompson – who was jailed for life seven years ago for killing and dismembering a love rival – denied making death threats towards Kilty and Hazelhurst.
The inquest heard that in the weeks before they died the men asked to be protected from 6ft 5ins Thompson.
The inquest heard that Hazelhurst believed Thompson wanted revenge because Hazelhurst’s sister had been in a relationship with Thompson and had given evidence against him during his murder trial.
But Thompson, 35, said that Hazelhurst had been ‘paranoid’ and that he bore no grievance towards him or his sister.
Thompson is now a high security prisoner at Full Sutton jail.
Prisoner Stephen Lee Roberts, 33, who was in the cell next to Kilty and Hazelhurst on A wing at the time of their deaths, said he heard officers outside his cell and the words: “Urgent assistance, A wing, double hanging.’
He added: “The whole situation stuck in my mind. I’ve never been in jail before where two padmates have actually hung themselves so it’s something I won’t ever forget.’’