A FORMER Parkhurst prisoner has been convicted 20 years after he murdered a fellow inmate thanks to a cold case work.
At Winchester Crown Court on Monday, Peter Christian Brown, 45, pleaded guilty to the 1994 murder of Alvin Bay at the prison, now part of HMP Isle of Wight.
Brown was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 11 years and eight months, after the court heard he had strangled Bay, 44, who died of asphyxia. Bay was found hanging, the court was told.
Hampshire Constabulary acted in 2012 using fresh information about Bay’s death and the Major Investigation Team (HMIT) re-opened an investigation in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Brown, who was already serving a sentence for unrelated offences when he was convicted of Bay's murder, confessed to the killing and was charged in June.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson said: "Our thoughts are with Alvin Bay's family while they come to terms with the news that justice has been served in court.
"We have kept the family informed throughout this prosecution, which has been a profoundly emotional time for them. I am grateful for their support and understanding as we sought the answers to solve this case."
District Crown Prosecutor Sarah Dineley said: "Peter Brown has taken responsibility for his actions in 1994, I hope this sends a message that no matter how long ago a crime was committed we will work with the Police on obtaining evidence, and where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so we will bring a prosecution and seek to obtain justice for victims."