After a heart attack, a ‘Dracula’ killer who brutally mutilated a neighbor dies in prison.
After violently stabbing and mutilating his neighbor in Kent in 1999, Jeffry Cattell was sentenced to life in prison.
As a result of heart problems, he passed away in prison.
A man who mutilated and murdered his neighbor has died in a Scottish prison after more than two decades behind bars.
In 1997, Jeffry Cattell, 61, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his next-door neighbor, James Milne, in his flat in Inverness House, Shepway, Maidstone, Kent.
According to a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) determination released on Friday, Cattell died at HMP Shotts Prison as a result of a heart attack, heart disease, and respiratory failure.
The victim, originally from Aberdeen, was stabbed in the neck with a two-pronged kitchen knife, and other parts of his body were dismembered, according to The Kent Messenger at the time.
According to the Daily Record, the victim was dubbed “Scottish Jim.”
One witness at Cattell’s trial at the Old Bailey described him as a “later-day Dracula,” according to the newspaper.
Cattell has always maintained his innocence and claimed he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice, with his lawyers speculating at the time that drug dealers were involved in the murder.
The motive, according to the officers working on the case, is a mystery.
Detective Inspector Mick Judge called it “the worst thing” he’d dealt with in 15 years at the time.
The murder was described as “horrendous” by other police officers investigating the case.
Sheriff Thomas Millar issued a fatal accident inquiry determination into Cattell’s death this week, stating that Cattell spent time in various prisons throughout his life term.
HMP Canterbury, HMP Belmarsh, HMP Swaleside, HMP Rye Hill, HMP Gartree, and three Scottish prisons – Saughton, Barlinnie, and most recently Shotts – were among them.
Every year, cross-border prison transfers occur, often because of a family connection to a specific location.
According to the FAI determination, Cattell had been on a ‘do not attempt to resuscitate’ order since July 2016 and had received oxygen concentrator assistance for respiratory issues.
On the way back from collecting a new pair of glasses from a treatment room in HMP Shotts on April 6, 2020, he collapsed while attempting to walk back to his cell.
A nurse advised him to wait for a wheelchair to take him to his cell, but he persisted in walking, slouched against a wall, and a ‘code blue’ alarm was raised, prompting an ambulance to arrive.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.