A sick killer who brutally abused a 13-month old baby and was serving a life sentence in jail has died in his cell after catching covid-19.
Andrew Lloyd, was discovered lifeless in his prison cell having been sentenced to a minimum term of 24 years behind bars for the vicious murder of baby Aaron Gilbert in May 2005.
The evil 37-year-old was left alone with baby Aaron, who was the son of Lloyd’s girlfriend at the time. However, the court heard at the time that Andrew had been violently abusing the tot for several weeks.
It was revealed how Lloyd would scream at baby Aaron, lift him up by his ears, throw bottles at him, swing him by his ankles, put a blanket over him as if to smother him, and blow cannabis smoke in his face.
Aaron became disfigured after being systematically and violently assaulted.
While alone with the baby, Lloyd, then 23, lost his temper and shook Aaron violently, causing his head to collide with a wall, according to Hull Daily Mail.
The toddler died in hospital the following day and a postmortem examination revealed he had suffered a severe brain injury and almost 50 external injuries.
Lloyd, from Swansea, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 24 years.
A Swansea Crown Court jury also found Lewis, then 21, guilty of failing to protect her son from violent, drug-taking Lloyd at their home in Gwylfa Road, Townhill.
She was jailed for seven years for familial homicide and attempting to pervert the course of justice in what was a legal landmark at the time.
A report published by the prison and probation ombudsman yesterday, November 29, now confirmed that Lloyd died of Covid-19 interstitial pneumonia aged 37 at HMP Full Sutton, near Pocklington.
He had congestive cardiac failure, hypertensive heart disease and morbid obesity which contributed to but did not cause his death.
Over the last few years, Lloyd spent a significant amount of time at St Andrew’s Secure Hospital in Northampton for various health concerns and began a relationship with a member of staff which was classed a “significant breach in procedural and relationship security” in August 2020.
He returned to Full Sutton in November that year and began a period of isolation but was not tested for Covid-19.
He died six days after his transfer.
There is no record that Lloyd showed any Covid-19 symptoms and it is unclear to this day when, where or how he contracted it.
Shortly before Lloyd arrived at the prison, one prisoner had tested positive for Covid-19. This prisoner lived in the healthcare centre and no other cases were recorded during Lloyd’s time at Full Sutton.
Lloyd had been diagnosed with several physical health conditions and was defined as clinically extremely vulnerable and at high risk from Covid-19.
A clinical reviewer concluded that the care Lloyd received at the prison was not equivalent to that which he could have expected to receive in the community.
The report said: “Mr Lloyd did not receive an initial health assessment on his first day at Full Sutton and there was no care plan appropriate to his complex physical health needs.
“Mr Lloyd appropriately began a period of isolation on arrival at Full Sutton. However, daily welfare checks and clinical observations were not recorded as they should have been.
“The night patrol officer did not complete the required early morning roll check on the day of Mr Lloyd’s death.”
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Recommendations made by the prison and probation ombudsman include:
- The head of healthcare should ensure that appropriate daily clinical observations are completed for all newly arrived prisoners who are reverse cohorting and that these are properly recorded in SystmOne.
- The head of healthcare should ensure that all newly arrived prisoners receive an initial health assessment and that appropriate care plans are created for those with complex physical health needs.
- The governor should ensure that night staff complete roll checks in line with local procedures.
- The governor should conduct a disciplinary investigation into Officer A’s actions on the morning of November 19 in 2020.