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Edwin Geirnaert found dead in Saughton Prison on Christmas Day

A man who was jailed for setting fire to clothing in a Marks and Spencer store in Edinburgh has been found dead at the city's Saughton Prison.

Edwin Geirnaert, 61, died in custody on Christmas Day.

He had been found guilty of wilful fire-raising at the High Court in Edinburgh on 9 July 2009.

Shoppers had to be evacuated during the blaze, which started in the children's clothes section.

Geirnaert was jailed for 32 months and a lifelong restriction order was imposed which meant he would remain in jail if he was still considered a danger.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) said his next of kin had been informed and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

The SPS added: "A fatal accident inquiry may be held in due course."

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