Cancer ends life of notorious child murderer

Dead: Child murderer Raymond Morris

Dead: Child murderer Raymond Morris

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A notorious child killer died in Preston Prison after asking doctors to stop treating him.

An inquest was held into the death of Raymond Lesley Morris – dubbed the Monster of Cannock Chase – after he died in Preston Prison at the age of 84.

The hearing was told that the man convicted of raping and murdering seven-year-old Christine Darby in 1967, and the prime suspect in two other child murders, had been in prison since 1969.

He was moved to Wymott Jail near Leyland in 2000 and in November 2011 while undergoing treatment for kidney failure was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia – which eventually killed him.

Morris originally refused dialysis treatment for the kidney problem but then agreed to be treated for both problems, knowing he had a life expectance of two years.

Dr Muhammed Aktar, prison medical officer and GP at the time, told the hearing that in March this year Morris asked for his treatment to be stopped.

Dr Aktar said that at time the prisoner was frail and had had a number of hospital admissions.

He was moved to palliative care at Preston Prison, because there were no facilities at Wymott, and died on March 11.

The hearing was told that pathologist Dr Bianca De Gama-Rose carried out an external examination and said there were no signs of assault or violence.

Coroner James Adeley recorded a verdict of death due to natural causes.

No family members attended the inquest.