Crossbow cannibal 'refusing fluids'


'Crossbow cannibal' Stephen Griffiths is refusing fluids as well as foods as he begins a life term for murder, reports say

Triple-killer Stephen Griffiths is now refusing to drink as well as eat, it has been reported.

The self-styled Crossbow Cannibal, who turned 41 on Christmas Eve, was jailed for life on Tuesday after he admitted murdering Bradford prostitutes Susan Rushworth, Suzanne Blamires and Shelley Armitage.

A judge at Leeds Crown Court told him he will never be released from prison.

Before he appeared in court sources confirmed Griffiths had been refusing to eat at the maximum security Wakefield Prison – apparently in protest about being held on his own.

When he was brought into the dock he looked much thinner than he had done at previous court outings.

According to The Sun, Griffiths is now refusing to take fluids as well as food.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on individual prisoners. We take food refusal extremely seriously.

“If a prisoner chooses to refuse food for any reason, the Prison Service works with healthcare staff to monitor their physical and mental health. Prisoners who are considered mentally capable are entitled to refuse health interventions like force-feeding, provided they fully understand the consequences of their decision.”

Griffiths was jailed for life and given a whole life tariff by a judge who heard shocking details of how he killed, dismembered and even ate parts of his victims at his flat near the centre of Bradford.

Since he arrived on remand at Wakefield Prison – home to some of Britain’s most notorious killers – he has been treated for a number of “self harm” incidents.

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