Two more prisoners die of coronavirus in Scotland

The total of inmates who have lost their lives to Covid-19 in Scottish jails stands at four.

Coronavirus: Four inmates have died in total.
Coronavirus: Four inmates have died in total.

Two more prisoners have died after contracting coronavirus in Scottish jails.

The total of inmates who have lost their lives to Covid-19 stands at four.

The Scottish Prison Service confirmed Gordon Pinkerton, 75, a prisoner at HMP Dumfries died on Thursday.

He was jailed for child sex abuse at Glasgow High Court in 2013.

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John Dargacz, 54, a prisoner at HMP Low Moss, passed away on Friday.

He was jailed for assault and robbery at Falkirk Sherriff Court in 2019.

Earlier this month STV News reported the death of Francis McCarthy, 59, on April 13 after being taken to hospital from HMP Low Moss with suspected coronavirus.

He was sentenced to life after being convicted in 1985 of murdering 26-year-old Thomas McKirdy from Paisley.

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The previous week, serial sex offender John Angus, 66, who was being held at HMP Edinburgh, became the first Scottish prisoner to die after contracting the virus.

We also told how a senior prison officer died after contracting the killer virus on Wednesday.

The 59-year-old man worked at Polmont Young Offenders Institute near Falkirk but he is not thought to have contracted the virus at the prison.

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