A paedophile jailed for abusing a young boy has died in prison just six weeks after he was sentenced and imprisoned for the crime.
22-year-old Daniel Davey was jailed for six-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of sexually abusing the boy - who was aged five and six at the time - six times over a period of 18-months between 2015 and 2016.
Davey, who had previously worked at McDonald's, was sent to prison on 1 December but died just six weeks later at HMP Bullingdon, Oxfordshire, England on 12 January.
Davey's death while in prison custody will now be investigated by the Prison Service Ombudsman, a spokesman for the UK's Ministry of Justice confirmed.
An inquest into his death opened this past Thursday (18 January) in Oxford. The inquest has since been adjourned to a date which has not yet been fixed.
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Davey, formerly of Bradford on Avon, abused his victim while living and working in the Wiltshire town of Chippenham, the jury at Swindon Crown Court heard.
Davey's abuse of the boy was uncovered after the boy told his mum he wanted to tell her 'something dirty', the court heard. The police later found Davey's DNA on the child's underwear.
The court also heard that Davey's then-girlfriend had seen a picture on Davey's computer of a man sexually abusing a teenage boy aged around 13.
When asked about the image, Davey said he had been sent it by someone else as a joke. The court heard that Davey had disposed of the computer before he was arrested. Davey denied two counts of sexually assaulting a child but was found guilty by the jury. He was acquitted of a third charge which alleged that he had touched the boy's bottom.
Davey was ordered by the court to register as a sex offender indefinitely. He was also told to serve a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was subject to a restraining order to protect his victim.
HMP Bullingdon is a Category B/C prison near the town of Bicester which houses 1,109 adult and young adult prisoners. It accepts Category B prisoners from the local courts on remand as well as general Category-C prisoners.
In September 2017, an Inspector's report into HMP Bullingdon found severe and ongoing staff shortages. It also found that three prisoners had taken their own lives since the last inspection in 2015, and noted a significant increase in self-harm. Support to those at risk of self-harm was described as "weak".
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