Simon Hall, who murdered pensioner in her home, killed himself in prison, inquest rules

Simon Hall

Simon Hall

The killer of a 79-year-old pensioner committed suicide while serving time for her death at, a jury has concluded.

At an inquest at Norfolk Coroner’s Court today (Monday), Simon Hall was found to have killed himself in his cell on February 23, 2014.

Mr Hall, who was 36 when he died, was convicted in 2003 of murdering pensioner Joan Albert at her home in Boydlands, Capel St Mary, in December 2001.

Mr Hall, formerly of Hill House Road, Ipswich, insisted he was innocent for more than 10 years but finally confessed his guilt to his wife while he was in Hollesley Bay Open Prison in July 2013.

A post-mortem earlier found that the medical cause of death was hanging, but the inquest was held to determine if this was intentional or not.

The jury reached a conclusion of suicide.