An axeman has been found hanged in his cell just months after being jailed for an horrific attack at the Earl Haig pub in Hounslow.
British Airways engineer Vincent Eggleston brutally assaulted a fellow drinker in the garden of the Earl Haig, in Bath Road, on April 11 last year.
The 34-year-old, of Great West Road, Hounslow, was sentenced to eight years behind bars on December 1 at Isleworth Crown Court.
He was discovered by staff at Wellingborough Prison in Northamptonshire last Thursday, just before 3pm.
A Prison Service spokesman said staff and paramedics had tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at 4.40pm.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Eggleston," he added. "As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."
Eggleston left his quietly-spoken, bespectacled victim Sohail Nawaz scarred for life following the bloody and unprovoked attack.
However, Mr Nawaz, whose career as a chauffeur has been wrecked by dizzy spells and blackouts, told the Chronicle before Christmas how he felt sorry for his assailant.
"It was a completely unprovoked attack and for five minutes of madness he will have to pay with all that time in prison. It is sad," he said.
Mr Nawaz suffered a black eye, an injury to the top of his head and considerable bruising but insisted he did not harbour any resentment towards Eggleston.
Eggleston hit Mr Nawaz on the top of the head with the sharp side of the axe before continuing the assault with the blunt side.
When drinkers tried to close the pub doors to prevent the violence spilling inside, he smashed the windows with his axe before turning his attentions back to Mr Nawaz.
Jailing him in December, Judge Jonathan Lowen hinted the reason for the attack was Eggleston’s relationship with an Asian woman and his belief that his victim did not approve.
He accepted that Eggleston, who was born in Newcastle, had not been in trouble before. He said his behaviour was ‘out of character’ and he had good references and ‘many fine qualities’.