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Tuesday, 14 December, 1999, 16:36 GMT
Murderer found dead in cell

The terraced house in Bolton where Hall's girlfriend was murdered


A man who murdered his girlfriend and her two children has been found dead in his jail cell.

The Prison Service said Peter Hall, 35, was found hanging from sheeting attached to the bars of his cell in Wakefield prison on Monday.

He was declared dead by a prison doctor after resuscitation attempts.

'Pickaxe handle'

Hall, who had been at the prison since October, was jailed for life at Manchester Crown Court in March this year.

He was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Celeste Bates, and her two children - Daniel, aged eight, and 18-month-old Milo.

The court heard that Hall stabbed Ms Bates at her home in Bolton in September 1998 before going to collect Milo from his nursery, taking him home and battering him to death with a pickaxe handle.

'Internal investigation'

He then murdered Daniel after picking him up from his childminder's.

Hall also killed Daniel's guinea pig as he tore through the house, slashing furniture and stealing jewellery from Celeste's body.

A Prison Service spokesman said an internal investigation into Hall's death would be launched.
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