Man who injected heroin into baby daughter’s mouth dies in jail

A man who injected heroin into his own baby daughter’s mouth has died while in prison at HMP Berwyn, an inquest heard.

Roger Weir was serving 18 years inside for trying to murder his ex-girlfriend, Gillian Blackmore, who he attacked with a meat cleaver and boat flare.

North Wales Live reported that he squirted the drug into the baby’s mouth to “get at” his former partner.

An inquest heard that Weir, of Poole in Dorset, was jailed for 18 years at Winchester Crown Court in 2012, after admitting attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend.

The self-confessed “psycho” unleashed his terrifying attack at her flat in Southampton.

The dramatic events came to a head in a standoff with armed police, alerted by the young mother’s 999 call from outside her flat, to rescue the toddler from Weir’s clutches.

In court, Weir described himself as “a psycho that tried to kill his ex-wife” and said he had “snapped” and blamed voices in his head for his actions.

Weir had almost completed his sentence at the Wrexham jail when he was admitted to the town’s Maelor Hospital last year with a suspected gallbladder infection, an inquest in Ruthin today heard.

He died in the intensive therapy unit on October 22 2019 after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

A post-mortem examination by Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers confirmed this as the cause of 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.”

He tried to keep himself busy doing courses and was writing a detective thriller.

Mr Weir had medical issues, had suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2015 after being attacked and his health deteriorated to the point he was using a wheelchair and “was not a well man”.

He was due for release in 2021 and which he was looking forward to, his brother said.

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 Mr 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.

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