Brutal murderer who struck woman with piece of wood dies in jail

John Caughey died at HMP Glenochil, near Alloa. Picture: PA Wire
John Caughey died at HMP Glenochil, near Alloa. Picture: PA Wire
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A man jailed for life for the brutal murder of a woman in 1975 has died behind bars.

John Stanley Caughey, 65, a prisoner at HMP Glenochiln, near Alloa, was convicted for the murder of Margaret Hunter, of Chisholm Place, Grangemouth, on August 5, 1975.

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A spokesperson for the Scottish Prison Service said: "Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal. A Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held in due course."

Caughey, from Grangemouth, had sex with Mrs Hunter, a mother-of-four, and claimed that afterwards she taunted him and he lost control.

Her naked body was found brutally battered about the face and head. She had been attacked with a piece of wood and strangled.

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On the same day, Caughey had abducted a woman taxi driver, Rowena Robertson, and driven her taxi away.

He tied her up with her own tights and stuffed a panty girdle into her mouth. She eventually managed to escape and he drove away only to give himself up later.