‘Psycho’ dad who injected heroin into baby daughter’s mouth dies in jail

A man who injected heroin into his baby daughter's mouth has died in jail, an inquest has heard.

Self-confessed "psycho" Roger Weir was serving 18 years for trying to murder his ex-girlfriend Gillian Blackmore, who he attacked with a meat cleaver and boat flare, North Wales Live reports.

He injected the class A drug into his baby's mouth to "get at" his former lover.

The dramatic events came to a head in a standoff with armed police, alerted by the young mum's 999 call from outside her flat.

They then rescued the toddler from Weir’s clutches.

The inquest heard Weir was jailed for 18 years at Winchester Crown Court in 2012 after admitting attempted murder.

Weir had been due for release from HMP Berwyn in Wrexham, North Wales, in 2021 but was admitted to hospital with a suspected gallbladder infection.

He died in October 2019 after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

A statement by his brother Andy said when he went to prison "he was in shock for what he had done and tried to keep himself busy but found it hard to come to terms".

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

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 shocking actions.

An investigation conducted by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman was 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 that 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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