PAEDOPHILE publicist Max Clifford died in a “freezing” jail where showers were “cold as ice”, new evidence uncovered by prison inspectors suggests.
The findings, detailed in an upcoming report on Littlehey prison, look set to bolster claims by Clifford’s family that the conditions in which he was held contributed to his death.
Max Clifford was kept in freezing conditions that contributed to his death, a new prison report suggests[/caption]
Clifford was a celebrity publicist who in 2014 was found guilty of eights counts of indecent assault on four girls and women aged 15 to 19.
He was still serving an eight-year sentence at the prison in Cambridgeshire when he died aged 74 in December 2017, two days after suffering a heart attack.
The report, to be published in the coming weeks, will detail freezing temperatures brought about by broken boilers in the jail, the Times reported.
Daughter Louise Clifford said the findings reiterated complaints made by her father when he was alive.
“He said the water in the showers was like ice,” she told the Times.
“The prisoner in the cell next to him was sleeping in his clothes because it was so cold.”
A report into conditions at Littlehey published in June of last year said that the prison “urgently required” investment because the prison was operating “below acceptable standards”.
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At an pre-inquest hearing in January, barrister Kimberley Aiken, speaking on behalf of the family, told a coroner: “The family have concerns that any gentleman of Mr Clifford’s age and infirmity would have had their death hastened by the conditions.”
Acting for the Ministry of Justice, Georgina Wolfe said: “Not only is there no evidence of this but there’s no evidence this had any impact on Mr Clifford’s health and how he came by his death.”
Aiken acknowledged Clifford would have died “in any event”, but added “perhaps not on that day”.
“He would perhaps have been able to go home and have some family time – if the family’s suspicions are correct,” she said.
An inquest into Clifford’s death is due to resume before the end of the year.
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Clifford was originally investigated as part of Operation Yewtree, a criminal investigation into widespread sexual abuse, predominantly the abuse of children, sparked by allegations made against DJ Jimmy Savile in the wake of his death.
Clifford continued to protest his innocence up to his death, with an appeal against his sentence having been scheduled for 2018.
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