Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C


Colchester/Norwich: Incredible Hulk onesie rapist took his own life in prison the day before his sentencing

18:30 06 March 2014

A Colchester man who was found hanged in his prison cell the day before he was due to be sentenced for rape committed suicide, an inquest has found.


Paul Gigg, of Chinook, Highwoods, had worn an Incredible Hulk onesie when he attacked a 19-year-old woman at a music event in Great Yarmouth.

The 30-year-old was pronounced dead by paramedics after being found with a ligature around his neck in Norwich prison on January 27 last year.

The jury at Gigg’s inquest heard written evidence from fellow prisoners - one of whom said Gigg had been “concerned and anxious” about being a convicted rapist and the effect that would have on his children”.

Gigg had been charged with two counts of rape which happened at the Vauxhall Holiday Park in Acle New Road on October 20 2012, during the three-day Kiss Weekender event.

Gigg, a chef, pleaded guilty at court in December 2012. He was due to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on January 28, 2013.

It heard evidence an alarm was raised after prison staff got “no response” from Gigg’s cell during morning roll call at about 5.15am on January 27 2013.

When they entered the cell Gigg was found with a ligature around his neck.

Although staff tried to resuscitate Gigg he was pronounced dead at 5.53am.

A post mortem examination was carried out and cause of death was given as hanging.

The inquest heard evidence about Gigg’s mental state during his time in prison.

His overall picture was described by a nurse at the prison as “downward”.

However, she referred to a visit with Gigg in December 2012 as being “more positive”.

Written evidence from one of Gigg’s fellow inmates said he was “down” following his court appearance on December 21 2012 when he pleaded guilty.

He described Gigg as being “emotional” after a visit from his family on January 15, 2013, although added he had never talked about taking his own life.

Another prisoner said Gigg had a “difficult” phone conversation with his family after making his plea.

The two-day inquest also heard evidence from another prisoner that Gigg had talked about “knowing how he would take his own life if he wanted to” and mentioned “hanging”.

He described how the day before his death Gigg spent “a lot of time in his cell on his own” although there had been no mention of him feeling down or self harming.

The inquest jury returned a finding of suicide.

Assistant Norfolk Coroner David Osborne offered his sincere condolences to the family who lost a loved one in “difficult” and “tragic” circumstances.



solar panels

Proposals to install solar panels on 2,000 council homes across Ipswich have been abandoned after the Government announced it was changing the tariffs paid for renewable energy.

The Hippodrome Theatre, St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, in April 1955. The show then was “Oh What a Night”. Many of the shows after World War Two were cheeky events with shows like ‘Strippingly Saucy” “We Couldn’t Wear Less” and “Hotter Than Paris”.

David Kindred recently asked readers for memories of the building in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, which was built as the Hippodrome Theatre and became the Savoy bingo and dance hall.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A chimney sweeper remains in a critical condition with spinal injuries after falling from a roof in Combs yesterday.

Will  Ian Cumming be crowned Bake Off Champion 2015 tonight?

Tonight marks the grand final of the Great British Bake Off and viewers will watch as Ian Cumming, Nadiya Hussain and Tamal Ray battle it out for the Bake Off crown.

Ice skating could be coming to Felixstowe this Christmas.

Negotiations are taking place to see if an ice skating rink can be set up in Felixstowe town centre as part of the resort’s Christmas attractions.

Julie Harper, Hefin Jones, Melissa and Terry Purnell, David Twyman the team behind the reopening of the Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary

A village pub has been reopened after being bought by a group of business people with a heart for their community.

Pair claimed a neighbour in Wellington Street, Ipswich had a gun

A couple who sparked a full-scale armed police response over gun claims must pay £1,000 compensation to Suffolk Constabulary.

Highpoint Prison in Stradishall, Suffolk.

A BB gun and ammunition were found by an inmate at a prison in Suffolk.

Enjoying the sun at Needham Lake

Dog walkers will have to keep their pets on leads at a popular tourist attraction in Suffolk from next year.

Joe Underwood outside the new wildlife education hut in Christchurch Park.

A new outdoor learning space in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park is set to improve knowledge of Suffolk’s wildlife.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages