Man who injected heroin into his baby’s mouth and tried to kill ex died of cancer in jail

Roger Weir died in October 2019 (Image: Daily Echo/Solent News)

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A man who injected heroin into his baby's mouth and tried to kill his ex partner has died of liver cancer in prison, an inquest heard.

Roger Weir, 52, was a prisoner at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales.

He was jailed for 18 years at Winchester Crown Court in 2012, after admitting attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend, Gillian Blackmore.

He confessed he had attacked the victim with a meat cleaver and squirted the Class A drug into the baby's mouth to "get at" her.

Weir, of Poole in Dorset, had almost completed his sentence in jail when he was admitted to hospital with a suspected gallbladder infection, an inquest in Ruthin, Wales, heard yesterday.

He died in the intensive therapy unit on of the hospital on October 22, 2019 after being diagnosed with liver cancer, North Wales Live reports.

Weir was a prisoner at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales
(Image: Getty Images)

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A post-mortem examination by Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers confirmed cancer was the cause of his death.

A statement by his brother Andy said he when he went to prison "he was in shock for what he had done and tried to keep himself busy and found it hard to come to terms."

Weir was due for release in 2021, which he was looking to, according to his brother.

Weir was jailed for 18 years
(Image: Getty Images)

An investigation conducted by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, were satisfied by the standard of care he received at the Wrexham prison, and the liver cancer was "not foreseeable or preventable."

But the ombudsman criticised the use of restraints on Weir at the hospital until he was put into a medically induced coma on October 21 and a delay in informing his next of kin, he had been admitted to hospital.

Recording his conclusion, Coroner for North Wales East and Central, John Gittins, said: "This was a death arising from natural causes" and offered his condolences to the family.

When he was jailed, Weir admitted administering a noxious substance into his baby daughter's mouth, but the prosecution accepted he had not wanted to murder the toddler, having acted “in the heat of the moment”.

The baby spat most of the heroin out and was not harmed.

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