Murderer found dead in prison

Frankland Prison in County Durham.

Frankland Prison in County Durham.

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A MURDERER who battered and tortured a man to death before setting his house ablaze has been found hanging in his cell.

John Hodson was found dead at the category A Frankland prison, in County Durham, yesterday.

The 29-year-old was serving a life sentence after murdering 64-year-old David Gard, who suffered from mental and physical problems, at his Liverpool home in 2008.

In January 2009, Hodson, who was homeless, was sentenced to serve at least 32 years behind bars before being considered for release.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “Prisoner John Hodson was found hanging by staff at HMP Frankland at approximately 5.45am on Thursday, January 5, 2012.

“Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at the prison at approximately 5.55am.

“As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will undertake an investigation.”