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A Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held after a man died while on remand in HM Kilmarnock Prison, the Crown Office has announced.

Paul Murdoch, who was 24, had been awaiting trial on a charge of attempted murder. Mr Murdoch, from Cumnock, was found hanging in his single cell in the privately-run jail on Saturday 8 May. His family have been informed, according to the SPS.

The attempted murder occurred in Cumnock on 26 January. Mr Murdoch and another man were charged with attempted murder, and appeared in Ayr Sheriff Court on 2 February. Mr Murdoch denied the charge, and was held in remand awaiting his trial later this year. However, two days after meeting with his legal team, he was found dead.

According to a local newspaper, Mr Murdoch was not on suicide watch, despite making several attempts to commit suicide in other prisons in the past, including one attempt that took place in Kilmarnock Prison while he was serving a sentence there in 2008.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held at a later date.

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