KILLER GP Harold Shipman said a prison officer had told him to "go and hang himself", a fellow inmate told an inquest today.
Lifer David Smith told a jury at Leeds Crown Court that Shipman was his best friend in Wakefield Prison, where the struck-off doctor was found hanging in his cell in January last year.
Smith, who was given a life sentence in 1999, told the inquest he overheard a conversation between Shipman and another inmate about what a prison officer had said to him.
He said: "I did hear him say that an officer told him to go and hang himself and if he didn't know how to do it, he'd be shown how to do it."
He said Shipman, 57, told him: "They're bullying me because I wouldn't talk to officers."
Smith, handcuffed to a prison guard, was giving evidence on the second day of the inquest into Shipman's death.
He said the doctor never seemed suicidal.
He also told the inquest that Shipman would hold "impromptu surgeries" in the prison, helping other inmates with advice on their medical conditions.
Shipman was given a life sentence in 2000 after he was convicted of the murder of 15 patients. An inquiry later concluded he probably killed about 250 patients, mainly in Hyde, Greater Manchester.