Elgin murderer dies while in custody at Shotts prison

Nicol leaves court in 2011

Investigations are under way into the death in prison of the convicted murderer of an Elgin man in 2010.

Jamie Nicol was found dead in his cell at HMP Shotts this week prompting a police investigation although there are thought to be no suspicious circumstances.

29-year-old Nicol was jailed for 18 years when convicted of killing Stephen Johnston in Lesmurdie Road in Elgin on June 24, 2010.

The court had heard that Nicol stabbed father of six Johnston during a fight between two rival gangs.

At his sentencing in March 2011 Lord Uist told Nicol: “It is clear to me from all the evidence which I heard in the course of the trial that you, along with others, went out on the evening of June 23 last year in a car which you had borrowed armed and intent on violence.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: “A prisoner from HM Shotts prison died in custody. Police Scotland have been advised and the matter will be reported to the procurator fiscal. A fatal accident inquiry will be held in due course.”

The Crown Office have also confirmed that they have received a report in connection with Nicol’s death and added that an investigation was ongoing.

Nicol was convicted after a four week trial at the high court in Aberdeen.

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