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Nurse killer found hanged in cell

Frankland Prison
Crosby was sentenced to 25 years in jail in 2007

A man who strangled a nurse and left her body under a pile of blankets at her home in Merseyside has been found hanged in his prison cell.

Brian Crosby, 33, was discovered in the early hours of Friday by staff at HMP Frankland in Durham.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "Despite efforts to resuscitate him he was pronounced dead an hour later."

Crosby murdered Sandra Wilson, a nurse at Alder Hey Hospital, in December 2006 and was convicted the following year.

The Ministry of Justice spokesman added: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Crosby.

"As with all deaths in custody, the prisons and probation ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

The drug addict killed his victim at her home in Newton-le-Willows, then left her corpse under a pile of blankets on her living room sofa while he treated her house like his home.

He was convicted of her murder and sentenced to 25 years in jail in July 2007, despite claiming he had been abducted and she had been killed by Jamaican gangsters.

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