Hannibal Lecter who killed cellmate fears jail death after gender transition

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A murderer branded "Hannibal Lecter Junior" claims changing gender has kept her locked up behind bars.

Sophie Eastwood, 36, used shoelaces to strangle cell mate Paul Algie, 22, in 2004 in an attack designed to have her sectioned and receive hospital treatment, she says.

The killer who entered jail as Daniel Eastwood, completed her 15-year minimum term sentence in 2019 and has spent the last four years as a woman after transitioning.

Speaking from Polmont Prison, Eastwood claims she would have been freed by now if she had remained as a man.

Her latest bid to be transferred to hospital was an overdose, Daily Record reports.

Speaking about her fears, ­Eastwood said: “In January 2020, I met all the standard criteria to pass to less secure ­conditions, except being biologically female.

“The prison service wanted me to have a psychological assessment as I hadn’t had one since starting to live as female.

“After that, I was told by a manager that I would have passed the assessment had I still been living as a man.

“I felt this was sexist and transphobic. The SPS was implying that as a man I didn’t ­represent a risk to the public but as a woman I did. I don’t think there’s any evidence to support that.”

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Eastwood was initially jailed at Dumfries Young Offenders Institution in 2004 for dangerous driving.

Staff were so concerned about the violence used they dubbed Eastwood “Hannibal Lecter jnr”.

She now fears she will die and claims doctors refused to give her an op to fix internal damage from self-harm attempts.

She said: “It is painful, the acid is burning my skin. It’s a full-time job keeping the wounds clean.

“I was returned to prison and told that if the wounds turned septic, which I fear could kill me, then they would treat me but otherwise I’d have to live with it.

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Eastwood has been held in women-only units since 2018.

A source said the SPS had a “well-established track record in supporting inmates no matter their gender or sexual ­orientation”.

An SPS spokesman said: “We can’t comment on individual prisoners.”

Decisions on medical ­treatment required by prisoners are taken by NHS staff in jails. NHS Forth Valley said it could not comment on individual patients or their clinical needs.

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