‘Black panther’ murderer Donald Neilson to have inquest held in Norwich

An inquest into the death of murderer Donald Neilson, known as the Black Panther, will be held in Norwich.

The 75-year-old multiple murderer had motor neurone disease, and died in December 2011 from pneumonia after being taken from Norwich Prison to hospital.

Neilson, from Bradford, was convicted of four murders, including that of 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle, who he kidnapped from her home in Shropshire, and demanded a �50,000 ransom.

Her body was found in an underground drainage system, hanging from the bottom of a ladder.

Dubbed 'The Black Panther' as a result of witness descriptions of his dark clothing and powerful physique, he was given four life sentences in 1975.

He also shot dead three sub-postmasters, Donald Skepper, killed in Harrogate, North Yorkshire; Derek Astin, in Higher Baxenden, Lancashire; and Sidney Grayland, in Langley, West Midlands.

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