Alan Styles, 85, was eight months into an 18-year jail sentence for sex attacks on three schoolgirls when he was taken to hospital after choking on a drink in HMP Birmingham
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One of the UK’s oldest paedophiles has died after choking on a drink in jail.
Alan Styles, 85, was eight months into an 18-year sentence for sex attacks on three schoolgirls when he died.
The inmate’s health had declined between December 2020 and April 2021 and he was admitted to hospital several times.
His last hospital trip came when he choked on a drink at HMP Birmingham in July, Birmingham Live reports.
He had carers looking after him in jail after staff decided he needed a cell on a special healthcare ward in the prison.
But he was allowed ‘early release on compassionate grounds’ and died in a hospice after ordering medics not to resuscitate him.
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Vile inmate Styles ended up behind bars in November 2020 after admitting a total of 27 offenses – including rape, sexual assault, indecent images and sexual activity with a child.
Healthcare staff at the prison identified Styles was suffering with a number of medical issues relating to old age when he was first incarcerated.
He was given a cell on the health and social care ward at the prison in Winson Green, with carers helping him with his everyday needs.
Styles agreed to a ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ order a month after he was locked up following a discussion with a prison doctor.
The pensioner was admitted to hospital several times for treatment as his health worsened between December 2020 and April 2021.
But the convict – formerly of Yew Tree Lane, Wednesbury – continued to become ‘frailer’.
He was taken to hospital after choking on a drink on July 1, with hospital staff deciding to ‘start end of life care’.
The sex offender was then transferred to Birmingham’s Willow House in line with his wishes, a report from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman read.
Karen Johnson, assistant ombudsman, said: “The deputy governor granted a special purpose license with the condition that one prison officer stayed with him at the hospice.
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“His grandson visited him in the hospice.
“The prison discussed the early release on compassionate grounds process at an end of life meeting on July 7.”
An independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman found Styles died from ‘old age fragility’.
There were no issues of concern and the care he received behind bars was ‘equivalent’ to what he would have been given at home, he said.
Ms Johnson added: “At 2.50am on July 18, Mr Styles died. The prison offered to contribute to Mr Styles’ funeral costs in line with national policy.”
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Styles groomed his victims with gifts as he carried out sex attacks over a four-year period until spring 2018.
One of his victims was thought to be just eight when he started targeting her, with two others under 14.
The first victim bravely confided in specialist public protection officers before police combed the paedophile’s home for evidence.
Officers discovered a camera and memory cards with 665 indecent images of children, West Midlands Police said.
The force later found two other girls had suffered at the hands of the pensioner.
Detective Constable Hannah Osborne, from the force’s child abuse investigation team, previously praised the brave victims for coming forward.
She said: “Their courage, and trust in our officers, helped us build up a strong case and ensure he can’t harm any others.”
Styles was also put on the sex offenders register for life when he was sentenced.