Perth murder convict serving life sentence for stabbing neighbour to death dies in prison

A Perth inmate serving a life sentence for stabbing his neighbour to death has died in prison.

Convicted murderer Alexander Wilson (53) passed away in the HMP Perth facility on December 13.

The circumstances around his death are not yet known, but the Scottish Prison Service will be launching a Fatal Accident Inquiry in due course.

Wilson pleaded guilty to murdering Thomas Taylor in Tontine Park, Renton, West Dunbartonshire, in June 2007.

He had been drinking cider and taking painkillers and tranquillisers before stabbing Mr Taylor with a kitchen knife.

The victim staggered to his mother’s house and told her who had attacked him – but later died at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

The court heard at the time how Wilson fell out with a drug dealer who accused him of stealing £20 worth of heroin and that Mr Taylor, who was not involved in the dispute, suggested he “make himself scarce.”

Defence QC Ronnie Watson told the court Wilson could not take the idea of being turfed out of his local area and got a knife and stabbed Mr Taylor.

Wilson had been serving a life sentence in HMP Perth, and was also jailed in October 2020 for spitting at a prison officer a year before.

Perth Sheriff Court heard at the time his next parole hearing had been fixed for July this year and he had hoped to be moved to an open prison at Castle Huntly.

A Scottish Prison Service statement, published online on Tuesday, read: “Alexander Wilson (53), a prisoner from HMP Perth, died on December 13, 2021.

“He was convicted at Glasgow High Court in 2007. Police Scotland has been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“A Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held in due course.”

Daily Record – Paisley