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A brutal prisoner from Britain's infamous "neighbours from hell" family has died behind bars after catching Covid.
John Pitt, 53, made headlines with his family in the 1990s after an horrific attack on his former partner.
Pitt had tied her up naked, tried to gouge her eyes out and threatened to cut her throat with scissors – leading her to throw herself from a 20ft window to escape.
Before the attack Pitt's family appeared on a Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary about nasty neighbours.
He lived in a three bedroom home in Northumberland with nine children and four Rottweilers.
The thug was handed a minimum four-year term in 2009 within a public protection (IPP) sentence for false imprisonment. He was serving it at HMP Humber on the outskirts of Hull before succumbing to Covid-19.
An official report has confirmed that he died on March 22 last year following a major coronavirus outbreak at the prison.
Pitt was a serial criminal with a history of violence and had served almost eight years more than his original sentence.
A judge had described him as "an obvious and gross continuing danger to the public".
Pitt had a violent life along with an extensive criminal record, including numerous counts of assault, criminal damage, and drug dealing.
An independent investigation by the Prisons and Probations Ombudsman found that Pitt had caught Covid in the prison during a 'significant outbreak' in February and March 2021.
The ombudsman said she was concerned that when Pitt tested positive for Covid, healthcare staff did not take his clinical observations and he was not monitored to see if he became symptomatic.
The report said Pitt was obese, which meant that he was at a higher risk of developing complications, and "should have been closely monitored and his observations taken regularly".
Pitt complained about being unwell on March 2 but was told by a nurse to sit down to improve his breathing. The nurse then said they would return to check on him later.
But the report said Pitt's condition and risk “should have prompted an urgent clinical response. The nurse did not return for over an hour, by which time Pitt had got into bed because he felt so unwell, and then an ambulance was called”.
At hospital, Mr Pitt’s health deteriorated, and he was admitted to intensive care unit where he was put on a ventilator. He died almost three weeks later.
The report said there were also concerns Pitt’s diabetes was not monitored regularly and there were no follow up checks or reviews documented in his clinical record.
The report said he was the sixth prisoner at HMP Humber to die since March 2019, with one more having died since. Of the other deaths, one was drug-related, two were self-inflicted and three were from Covid.
Jailing him in 2009, Mr Justice Openshaw described Mr Pitt’s criminal record as “appalling”.
He added: “In my judgement he presents an obvious and gross continuing danger to the public and that danger it seems to me will continue for the foreseeable future.
“The terrible suffering sustained by the victim must in my judgement be reflected by the imposition of a substantial sentence.”
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