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Killer gave himself a fatal insulin dose in jail.

Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter

APRISONER dubbed the Black Dog Strangler after he choked a man with his dressing gown belt killed himself with an insulin overdose in a top-security jail, an inquest has found.

Philip Whiteman had spent 25 years in secure hospitals or jail when he took the fatal dose of his diabetes medication at Frankland Prison, Durham, last November.

He died three weeks later at the University Hospital of North Durham.

An inquest at Crook Civic Centre, County Durham, before a jury, concluded it was suicide.

Whiteman killed a patient at Ashworth Hospital, Liverpool, in 1990. He believed his cellmate had turned into a dog.

He was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 10 years after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He was treated in secure hospitals, marrying a fellow patient then a member of staff, but after he absconded from St Nicholas's Hospital in Gosforth, Newcastle, in January 2013, he was transferred to jail.

Whiteman sparked a nationwide manhunt when he fled from the Tyneside hospital as staff took him to the toilet. But hours later he was located safe and well in a Newcastle city centre bar.

A drag artist who was performing at the venue told how the violent offender was led away in handcuffs The 46-year-old was found unresponsive in his cell in November last year after he had taken an insulin overdose. He had left a note on his bed.

He received care from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services at the prison.

A spokeswoman said: "We were reassured to hear from the coroner at the inquest that he found no evidence of failings in the care we provided to Mr Whiteman."

We were reassured to hear that the coroner found no failings in the care we provided


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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2015
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