Baby rapist from Luton found dead in prison cell

Robin Hollyson
Robin Hollyson

A paedophile who preyed on an infant is believed to have committed suicide in his prison cell.

Last September Robin Hollyson, from Luton, was jailed for 24 years after being found guilty of more than 30 child sexual abuse offences.

During his trial the 31-year-old admitted raping a baby and filming himself while he carried out the attack.

The Ministry of Justice has said that Hollyson, who changed his named to James King after the conviction, was found unresponsive in his cell at HMP Bristol on Friday.

A spokeswoman added: “Prison staff attempted CPR and paramedics attended, but he died in hospital on Sunday.

“As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”

It is understood that Hollyson killed himself after being taken off suicide watch at the category B prison,

Avon Coroner’s Service confirmed to the Luton News that it was dealing with the death of an inmate at HMP Bristol, but that he had not yet been formally identified.

An inquest is likely to be opened next Wednesday.

At the time of his conviction Hollyson was part of a paedophile ring of seven men, who shared images and videos of abuse online.

Judge Julian Lambert called the grounp “evil beyond rational understanding”.

He added: “In the worst nightmare, from the very deepest recesses of the mind, at the darkest hour of the night, few can have imagined the terrifying depravity which you men admit.”

On Hollyson’s conviction in September, Beds Police detective inspector Jerry Waite said: “Hollyson and these men went to great lengths in order to carry out their depraved acts.

“Befriending and grooming a family in order to target their child is truly sickening and clearly shows their level of determination to identify and exploit a victim.”

In a statement the victim’s family thanked police, adding: “No family ever wants to find that their child has been the victim of abuse, nor would they ever knowingly put their child at risk.

“As a family we now need to mend - seeing the perpetrators being brought to justice is the first step.”