A KEIGHLEY man who was jailed for rape and sexual assault has died in prison.

Anthony Fruin has died aged 85 while serving time at HMP Haverigg, an open prison.

He was 71 when he was jailed for an indeterminate time for the protection of the public after being convicted of multiple sexual assaults.

An inquest is due to be opened ahead of a hearing to look into his death.

Fruin was convicted at Bradford Crown Court in August 2006 of two charges of rape, sexual assault by touching and assault by penetration.

In June, 1994, Fruin had been locked up for eight years for a series of sex offences, including the abuse of two children under 16.

His barrister Sophie Drake said in 2006 that Fruin was in poor health and expected to die in prison.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “HMP Haverigg prisoner Anthony Fruin died in prison on 17 November.

"The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

The inquest is due to be opened at Cockermouth Coroner's Court on December 3.

According to the coroner's inquest diary it will be adjourned to April 5 2021, when a hearing will look into the circumstances of Fruin's death.