Paedophile who kidnapped and abused six year old girl dies in Prison from overdose

A convicted paedophile who kidnapped and sexually abused a six year old girl has died in prison from an overdose, a prison ombudsman has revealed.

Joseph Davies, 27, abducted the girl and took her to an empty house where he sexually assaulted her and locked her in a back garden.

He is reported to have pounced on the youngster when she was alone, grabbing her from behind by her hips and taking her away.

Davies led the girl, who was wearing a school uniform, to a house he knew was unoccupied, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Minutes later he fled, followed by the visibly upset youngster. The former Newbury Way, Billingham defendant, was later handed an extended 10-year sentence for his crimes.

A new Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) fatal incident report has been released following Davies’ death in January. It states the prisoner was transferred to HMP Northumberland on January 9, 2019, and died four years later.

The inmate had a history of self-harming and was receiving support from a psychologist, speech and language therapist and mental health nurse. They assessed that he had a learning disability and traits of autism and worked with him to help him cope in prison.

He was monitored under Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) procedures after saying he had overdosed. In September 2022, the inmate was discharged from the mental health team once he had completed work with them