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Convicted killer dies after being taken to Wishaw hospital from HMP Shotts

A prisoner who killed an ex-bodybuilder by stabbing him twice through the heart has died in hospital.

Marius Bauba, 28, was taken to Wishaw General on Saturday (July 24) after he was found by guards at HMP Shotts, but could not be saved. His death is not believed to be suspicious.

It’s the second death of a prisoner at HMP Shotts in the last month being probed by police.

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Bauba was sentenced to nine years at the High Court in Glasgow in January this year for the culpable homicide of Morgan Dunn, 34.

The two men didn’t know each other, but Mr Dunn was stabbed twice in the chest following an argument at a mutual friend’s house in Ayr in February last year.

Both had consumed drugs and drink, and a knife – that had earlier been used to cut drugs – had been lying on a worktop.

Convicted killer dies after being taken to Wishaw hospital from HMP Shotts
Victim Morgan Dunn was stabbed twice in the heart

The victim, who was from Stevenston, appeared to make a move for the knife, but Bauba picked it up and stabbed him.

He fled before others in the house discovered Mr Dunn and called for an ambulance, but he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later.

The court was told that a friend later met Bauba at a McDonald’s restaurant and gave him £200.

The killer then got in touch with someone else, who sorted out a room for him at a Dumfries hotel.

Bauba went from there to two other hotels before ending up at the Solway Lodge Hotel in Gretna, where he claimed his car had broken down.

Staff at the hotel suggested the police might be looking for him, but Bauba said: “They’ll never find me.”

He was arrested at the hotel after cops received a tip-off.

Bauba was initially charged with murder but the Crown accepted a guilty plea to a reduced charge, accepting there had been provocation.

Convicted killer dies after being taken to Wishaw hospital from HMP Shotts
Marius Bauba is led away to jail after being sentenced for the bottle attack

In mitigation Brian McConnachie QC, defending Bauba, told the court that he “deeply regrets” being responsible for Mr Morgan’s death.

Sentencing Bauba, who had three previous convictions for violence, Lord Matthews referred to a “heart breaking” victim statement from Mr Dunn’s mother, adding: “A lengthy custodial sentence is plainly needed.”

Amongst the previous convictions, he was jailed for 13 months in 2013 after video footage showed him smashing a bottle over reveller’s head at T In The Park during a brawl.

Before Saturday’s findings, Police were already investigating the death of another prisoner at HMP Shotts just weeks previous.

James Garscadden, 32, died on June 27 while serving time at the Lanarskhire jail.

He had been handed a 27 month prison sentence after he admitted being behind the wheel and leading cops on a car chase at speeds up to 100mph while he had a child in the car.

Garscadden, who also had a female passenger in the car during the incident in July 2019. He was a disqualified driver at the time and drove onto the wrong side of the M8 at Newhouse where he managed to avoid oncoming traffic for around three miles.

Police called off the chase due to fears for public safety before Garscadden, his passenger and the child were seen running off down an embankment.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held into his death, but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

Following Bauba’s death a Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were made aware of the sudden death of a 28-year-old man at Wishaw General shortly before 8pm on Saturday.

“The man had been taken to hospital from HMP Shotts a short time earlier.

“His death is currently being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A spokeswoman for the Crown Office confirmed they had received a report into the matter.

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