A man who once battered a female cop so badly she was unable to keep up her baby has died in prison.
Adam McManus, 29, was jailed for three years in August 2019 for remarkable PC Alison Laughlan around 30 times on the head during a vicious assault in which he attacked police officers and neighbours.
But he was released early and went on to savagely attack a 15-year-old boy in December last year during a drink and drug binge in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, after his mum told him the man he thought was his biological father was not.
In April this year, McManus appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court to learn his fate after admitting the assault on the schoolboy.
Sheriff James Spy sent him back to prison to serve 200 days of an unexpired sentence for the attack on PC Laughlan and caged him for 30 months for attacking the teenager.
On Tuesday, a statement published on the Scottish Prison Service website said: “Adam James McManus, 29, a prisoner from HMP Low Moss has died on 17 December 2021. He was convicted at Paisley Sheriff Court in 2021.
“Police Scotland have been advised and the matter reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
“A Fatal Accident Inquiry will be held in due course.”
PC Laughlan revealed in 2019 that she’d been left with a concussion and harsh bruising on her confront, neck and ribs following the assault by McManus.
After seven officers had managed to get him on the ground during that incident, he chillingly warned: “I’m going to f****** kill you. I’m going to choke your last breath out of you.”
PC Laughlan was attacked as she and another police officer tried to restrain McManus after he became involved in a street brawl.
The court heard it took another three police officers to subdue and detain him.
He appeared at a pre-trial hearing in July 2019 and pleaded guilty to assaulting his neighbours and police officers.
After being released early, McManus accosted a 15-year-old boy in the street in Johnstone on December 15, 2020.
He searched the youngster, demanded he hand over his belongings and then rained punches on his head and body. He then repeatedly kneed the boy on the head and body, knocking him to the floor, and robbed him of a mobile phone and a speaker.
He also threatened police officers with violence, said he’d spit on them and made homophobic remarks.
Defence lawyer Paul Lynch told the court his client was “devastated” after learning the man he thought was his biological father was not.
Mr Lynch said McManus left the house and went on a drinking binge and took what he thought was cannabis – but turned out to be a legal high he’d never had before.
McManus was also handed a lengthy stretch behind bars at the High Court in 2009 for his part in a gang attack in which a man was left with brain injuries.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm police were contacted around 10.25pm on 17 December and advised of the death of a 29-year-old man.”
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