Prison suicide inquiry could cast doubt on Lin Russell murder verdict
Police informant found hanged in his cell in 2002 had told solicitor he wanted to retract false statements he had made in a series of court cases
By Richard Cookson Sunday, 1st June 2008
Detectives have launched an investigation into the death of a police and prison informant who was found hanged in his jail cell. The probe into Paul Day’s suicide, shortly after he told a solicitor he wished to retract false evidence he gave in a series of high-profile cases, including the 1996 murders of Lin and Megan Russell, raises the prospect of manslaughter charges and the possible unravelling of some major criminal cases.
Durham police confirmed they are examining the death of Day, 31, from Southend, Essex, who was nearing the end of an eight-year sentence for attempted robbery when he was found dead in the segregation unit of Frankland Prison, Durham, in October 2002.