Thug jailed for blinding post office worker with chemicals in raid found dead

Thug jailed for blinding post office worker with chemicals in raid found dead

A man who was jailed for blinding a post office with chemicals during an armed raid has been found dead in jail.

Graham Wise, 42, sprayed and blinded Carol Lindsay with ammonia at the store in Alloa, Clackmannanshire in January last year.

Her colleague Halil Aksu also suffered blurred vision during the attack and had to be treated by paramedics at the scene.

Wise was sentenced to six years and four months in jail after admitting the attacks at the High Court in Edinburgh in June last year.

But it has emerged that he died last week while being held in HMP Shotts, Lanarkshire after serving just over a year of his sentence, the Daily Record reports.

HMP Shotts in Shotts, Lanarkshire
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The cause of death is unknown but a fatal accident inquiry will be held because he died in legal custody.

During his trial, the court heard how Wise went into the Clackmannanshire store and asked what time it closed, before leaving.

He returned to the post office later wearing a beanie hat and with a scarf partially covering his face and shouted: “Give me the f***ing money.”

Police later discovered a mailbag in woodland with opened parcels scattered around as well as a scarf, hat and knife.

They also found a lemon-shaped bottle in the store and its liquid contents were forensically examined and identified as ammonia.

Two days later he held up a shop in Stirling with a knife before fleeing with £794 before being found by police hiding in a friend’s cupboard.

A statement from the Scottish Prison Service said: “Graham Wise, 42, a prisoner from HMP Shotts has died on 23 September 2021. He was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh in 2020.

“Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the procurator fiscal. A fatal accident inquiry will be held in due course.”

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