Family fear gangland axe killer with dementia will be murdered in jail by rivals

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The family of a gangland killer who murdered an underworld rival with an axe and hid the body in a pile of manure fear he is now facing a "death sentence" after developing dementia.

Jimmy Smith, 63, was jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years after he murdered gangland rival Alex Cameron in 2015.

Cameron’s family vowed to get their revenge and Smith has already been attacked once in jail by a relative of his victim, reports Daily Record.

Louise Cameron, a niece of the victim has said: "I’d kill him with my bare hands if he was in front of me."

Jimmy Smith’s wife, Helen, and son, Richard, claim that his deteriorating mental condition leaves him incapable of defending himself due to advanced dementia and warn that is likely be killed unless he is moved.

Son Richard said: "My dad still has a long time to serve. He’s not an old man but he’s not young either and recently he has become frailer and has lots of health worries.

"Shotts seems to be full of ­relatives and friends of Alex Cameron. My dad gets hard stares and muttered threats every day."

At his trial, Smith had admitted killing Cameron by repeatedly hitting him on the head with a log-splitting axe and a thirteen-pound hammer before burying the body in a shallow grave.

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"We know he’s in prison for murder," Richard added, "but he’s getting on and he’s vulnerable and should be allowed to see out his time without fearing for his life.

"It’s a massive strain on my mum as well. We just want him kept safe to give him a chance of surviving his sentence and coming home."

Jimmy’s wife Helen added: "You hesitate to make a fuss because sometimes the need for ­protection is used as an excuse for solitary confinement, which would be bad for Jimmy.

"Solitary is a punishment and shouldn’t be used to protect vulnerable prisoners."

The SPS said that any requirements for a transfer would have to be made in writing or be discussed with senior managers at the jail, and pledged that any request made in that way would be considered.

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