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Three of Scotland’s most notorious prisoners have died from COVID-19 in a matter of months, prison records show.
The virus was a factor in the deaths of murderers John “Jock” Reid and Asif Rehman, as well as robber Graham Wise, who blinded a woman, according to the Daily Record.
It comes as prison chiefs confirmed that almost 200 prisoners across the estate had tested positive for COVID-19, with more than 1,000 self-isolating.
John Reid, 63, died of COVID-19 and pneumonia while serving a life sentence at HMP Glenochil in July this year. He had been jailed in 1999 for a vicious attack on his neighbour, 46-year-old Elaine Collie, at her home in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh.
Asif Rehman, 29, died in September from a blood clot in the lung and COVID-19 after being rushed to hospital from HMP Shotts.
He was serving life over the murder of Irishman William McKeeney, 57, in 2012 after stamping him to death in Glasgow’s Pollockshields as the victim’s partner watched on in horror from her window.
Later that month, Graham Wise, who was also at HMP Shotts, died of coronavirus and complications from diabetes, obesity and epilepsy.
He had blinded Carol Lindsay after spraying her with ammonia during a Post Office robbery in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, in January 2020.