Peter Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, is ‘gravely ill’ in hospital with coronavirus (Picture: Rex)
Coronavirus could ‘finish off’ the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, sources familiar with his condition have said.
The mass murderer, 74, has been taken back to hospital for his second visit this month and is reportedly ‘gravely ill’.
Sutcliffe was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday and has also been suffering from heart problems.
It’s been reported that the serial killer, who ‘found god’ several years ago, believes he will ‘go to heaven’ if he dies.
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He is said refusing medical treatment and has several pre-existing health conditions including obesity and diabetes which make him susceptible to a serious case of the virus.
A source told the Daily Mail: ‘He’s gravely ill. Sutcliffe’s overweight, in his 70s and has pre-existing health conditions. Covid could easily finish him off.’
The serial killer murdered at least 13 women in the 70s and 80s, and had been most recently held in HMP Frankland in County Durham.
He spent five nights in hospital with heart problems but was discharged on Tuesday. After returning to the jail’s medical isolation unit he began to develop symptoms including shortness of breath and chest pain.
He took a test and, after it came back positive on Friday, he was kept in isolation at the jail. But guards made the decision to re-admit him to hospital on Sunday when his health began to deteriorate.
Peter Sutcliffe is serving 20 life sentences (Picture: REX)
Sutcliffe is said to be ‘terrified’ of coronavirus and has turned away visitors throughout the pandemic in fear that he might contract it.
But he’s so far refused to allow doctors to treat him and is trying to fight off the infection without potentially life-saving drugs.
A source told The Sun: ‘The doctors have warned him they can do nothing for him unless he agrees.
‘One treatment would be the steroid dexamethasone, but if he refuses all help, he’s really dancing with death.
‘It’ll just be a question of whether his body is strong enough to fight off the virus on its own or not.’
Sutcliffe pictured in 1983 (Picture: REX)
In recent years Sutcliffe has suffered from angina, diabetes and near-blindness after he was stabbed in the eye by a fellow inmate.
He spent 32 years in the high-security psychiatric Broadmoor Hospital after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
He was transferred to HMP Frankland in 2016 after psychiatrists said he was stable enough for jail.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘We do not comment on individual prisoners.’
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