Joan Albert murderer Simon Hall found dead in jail

Simon Hall Simon Hall launched a series of appeals against his conviction

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A murderer who spent 12 years denying he had killed a pensioner before admitting his guilt has been found dead in prison.

Simon Hall, 36, was found unconscious earlier by staff at Wayland Prison, near Thetford in Norfolk.

Hall, from Ipswich, was convicted and jailed for life in 2003 after murdering Joan Albert, 79, in her home in Capel St Mary, Suffolk.

He protested his innocence and launched several appeals.

Joan Albert Joan Albert was found dead in the hallway of her home

MPs backed his campaign and he appeared in the BBC documentary Rough Justice.

Simon Hall timeline

  • Joan Albert, 79, was found dead at her home in Capel in December 2001
  • Simon Hall was arrested, charged and subsequently found guilty of Mrs Albert's murder after a trial at Norwich Crown Court in 2003
  • Hall was sentenced to a minimum tariff of 15 years in jail
  • In 2004, the High Court refused Hall's application to appeal against his conviction
  • In 2007, his case featured in a BBC Rough Justice documentary
  • Hall's case went to the Court of Appeal in 2010 but the judges upheld his conviction
  • Hall confesses to the murder in 2013
  • Hall is found dead at Wayland Prison on 23 February 2014

But Hall admitted his guilt to prison authorities last year.

Mrs Albert was found stabbed five times in her hallway in December 2001.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "Simon Hall was found unresponsive in his cell by prison staff at approximately 05:25 GMT.

"Paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at 05:49.

"As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

Suffolk Police said at the time of Hall's admission that the "uncertainty [had] undoubtedly exacerbated the suffering" of Mrs Albert's family.

Hall submitted two applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to consider his case.

The CCRC was informed of his prison confession, then contacted him to ask if he wanted to withdraw his claim and his case was closed.

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