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Prisoner from Dundee, 48, found dead in his jail cell

Prisoner from Dundee, 48, found dead in his jail cell

A man from Dundee who was jailed after throwing faeces and urine at a prison officer has been found dead.

The body of Sean Patrick Collins, 48, was found in his cell at Barlinnie prison in Glasgow earlier this month.

A statement from the Scottish Prison Service said: “Sean Patrick Collins, 48, a prisoner at HMP Barlinnie has died.

“He was convicted at Perth Sheriff Court on August 17 2016 and Dundee Sheriff Court on September 13 2016.

“Police Scotland have been advised and the matter will be reported to the procurator fiscal.

“Next of kin have been informed and a fatal accident inquiry may be held in due course.”

Collins, of Craigie Drive, was jailed for 32 months for the assault he carried out at Perth Prison.

He attacked prison worker William Fyfe in August last year, tipping human waste over his head and body.

At the time, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Collins: “This is a serious offence — it’s serious because of where it took place and because of the role of the complainer.

“Its also serious because, having regard to your record, you have a tendency to buck against figures of authority.

“It’s also a particularly vile offence. I have no doubt that a custodial sentence is the appropriate disposal.”

Solicitor Kris Gilmartin said Collins had been paranoid about guards within the prison.

He was later convicted on a threatening or abusive behaviour charge at Dundee Sheriff Court.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed that officers had attended at HMP Barlinnie on December 11 following the death of a man.

She added: “There are no suspicious circumstances.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service was also called to attend the prison on that date but Collins had already passed away.

Barlinnie houses male offenders and in recent times it has taken prisoners from across the country.

Residents of the prison are normally serving sentences shorter than four years but it can also house prisoners who are on a life sentence but approaching a potential release date.

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