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Lifer died of heart attack in jail

PUBLISHED: 15:35 24 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A LIFE prisoner who had fought and survived bowel cancer, died from a heart attack in Hollesley Bay prison an inquest heard.

A LIFE prisoner who had fought and survived bowel cancer, died from a heart attack in Hollesley Bay prison an inquest heard today.

David Tustin, 67, was found dead on the floor of the prison's packing shed on January 26.

Despite efforts by prison staff and paramedics to resuscitate him, Mr Tustin was already dead. Coroner Dr Peter Dean heard how Mr Tustin had a long history of heart disease and had already suffered two heart attacks in 1991 and 1994.

He had also received treatment for bowel cancer during the year 2000, but a post-mortem revealed that it had not recurred at the time of his death.

On hearing evidence from doctors and witnesses, Dr Dean recorded a verdict of death by natural causes, following a decision by the jury.

Agricultural craftsman Brian Andrews was a supervisor in the packing shed and found Mr Tustin on the floor at around 2pm that day.

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