Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rapist Dies in Cell Day after He Was Given Life

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rapist Dies in Cell Day after He Was Given Life

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A PRISONER in Strangeways was found dead in his cell the morning after he was given life for rape.

It is understood Stephen Ferguson, 33, was discovered by prison staff in the early hours of the morning.

The day before his death, Ferguson was handed a life sentence at Manchester Crown Court.

He was found guilty of three counts of rape and a charge for controlling or coercive behaviour.

Judge Hilary Manley sentenced Ferguson, of no fixed address, to life imprisonment on Monday last week.

An investigation into his death is taking place but it is understood there are no suspicious circumstances.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said: "HMP Manchester prisoner Stephen Ferguson died in prison on September 25.

"As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. …

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