Sex killer wants transfer to Scottish prison so he can have ‘view of snow-topped mountains’

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Killer: Graham Coutts strangled a woman to death

A killer obsessed with extreme pornography has requested a transfer to a Scottish prison so he can enjoy a more scenic view from his jail cell.

Graham Coutts, who strangled 31-year-old Jane Longhurst to death at his Brighton home in 2003, is currently serving a life sentence at HMP Wakefield.

But the 48-year-old salesman, who hid his victim’s body in his garden shed for more than a week before moving it to self-storage, now wants a change of scenery.

Writing on his blog, Coutts, who was born in Leven, Scotland, says he wants to “go home” after experiencing the views of “snow-topped mountains” during a previous trip to HMP Edinburgh.

Coutts was previously moved to the Scottish prison for six weeks (Geograph)

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He wrote: “I’ve made an application to get a transfer to a Scottish prison.

“I did spend six weeks or so, in HMP Edinburgh on accumulated visits in 2010.

“The food was awful but I had the most beautiful view of a snow topped mountain – usually your view is of another brick building or metal roof.”

He added: “Anywhere in Scotland is going to be closer for my mother to visit.

“Nearly 14 years of having to travel hundreds of miles just for a visit lasting only one-and-a-half hours.”

The “snow topped mountains” Coutts is referring to are the Pentland Hills, located five miles away from the prison.

Coutts writes from his prison cell and posts his entries to friends on the outside to upload on a blog.

He was found guilty of murder in February 2004 and ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years in jail.

His conviction was quashed on appeal in July 2006, but he was convicted again after a re-trial at the Old Bailey in July 2007.

Coutts has maintained his innocence throughout his trials.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said it does not comment on individual prisoners.

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