Thug who battered policewoman so badly she couldn’t hold her baby found dead in prison

Adam McManus, 29, struck WPC Alison Laughlan around 30 times on the head during a vicious street brawl in which he also attacked other police officers and his neighbours

Adam McManus
The Scottish Prison Service has confirmed the death of in-mate Adam McManus

A yob who relentlessly struck a female police officer around the head 30 times has been found dead in prison.

Adam McManus, 29, brutally attacked WPC Alison Laughlan during a vicious assault in which he also attacked other police officers and neighbours.

He hit the woman so badly back in 2019 that she was unable to hold her baby.

The thug was discovered unresponsive at HMP Low Moss near Glasgow on December 17, the Scottish Prison Service has confirmed.

A spokesman said: “Adam James McManus, 29, a prisoner from HMP Low Moss has died on 17 December 2021. He was convicted at Paisley Sheriff Court in 2021.

He was in prison after brutally attacking WPC Alison Laughlan back in 2019


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Constable Laughlan was unable to hold her eight-month-old baby following the assault


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“Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“A Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held in due course.””

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm police were contacted around 10.25pm on December 17 and advised of the death of a 29-year-old man.”

When WPC Laughlan tried to arrest him after he assaulted two of his neighbours, he beat her around the head numerous times and told her ‘I’m going to f***ing kill you”.

He continued to her attack her and other officers despite being sprayed with Pava, the Daily Record reports.

She was left with concussion and severe bruising on her face, neck and ribs after the vicious street brawl.

He was jailed for three years for the savage attack.

McManus struck WPC Laughlan around 30 times on the head


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During sentencing, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew said: “Blows to the head, whether by punch or kick, can unfortunately be fatal.

“That they were not in this case was fortunate but you gave no thought to that.

“When the police arrived, your behaviour did not stop. If anything, it escalated.”

When Constable Laughlan returned from the hospital, she was unable to hold her eight-month-old baby.

She told the court: “She crawled over to me and I didn’t go to pick her up because I didn’t feel well at all.

“I sat on the couch and my husband brought her over and put her next to me.

“She pulled onto my knee and when she turned to try and climb onto me to cuddle in, I just winced and almost pushed her away. She started to cry and then I got really upset.

“She was trying to grab onto me and touch my face but I just burst into tears because the side of my jaw and my nose was really sensitive from being hit.”

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Recalling the attack, she said: “As soon as I put one cuff on him, I saw him step forward with one foot and put his body forward and threw his head back.

“It was so quick. I just remember him knocking one of my colleagues and him falling backward. The next thing I know I got hit on the right side of my head.

“He had swung the arm round that had the cuff on it. I felt it hitting the side of my head and round the back.

“The next thing I felt was my head getting bashed from side to side because he just kept hitting. I remember screaming and kind of stumbling.

“I tried to put my hands up towards my face and I was shouting at him to get back, anything to get him away from me. All I could hear was screaming and shouting.

“He just wouldn’t stop.”

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