Killer complains of smoking cons
A man serving life for the assassination of a millionaire’s son in Cambuslang has taken the Scottish Government to court over passive smoking in prison.
William ‘ Tiler’ Gage was jailed after the gangland shooting of Justin McAlroy in March 2002 over a £50,000 drug debt.
Mr McAlroy’s father, builder Tommy McAlroy, owned Dalziel Country Park and Golf Club in North Lanarkshire and rubbed shoulders with politicians, including former First Minister Jack McConnell.
Gage (44) has made repeated complaints to the authorities at Shotts jail, where he has been held since 2004, over his exposure to other cons’ smoke.
The non-smoker has now raised a judicial review at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, seeking a declaration that it is unreasonable and unlawful to detain him in such conditions.
In the action he says his father, who was a smoker, died from lung cancer.
He worries that the fumes from passive smoking that he breathes in will cause him to contract cancer.
Lawyer Christopher Pirie, for Gage, told judge Lord Armstrong: “All he seeks is to be held in part of one of the 15 prisons which the respondents control in which he is not exposed indoors to tobacco smoke.
“In my submission the evidence shows that the respondents have detained the petitioner for more than a decade in conditions that they correctly believe to be unsafe, without taking steps to look for an alternative.”
In the action it is said that inmates at the Lanarkshire jail smoke in their cells in accordance with prison rules.
But smoke has collected in common areas and penetrated from there into Gage’s cell.
Lord Armstrong will give a decision in the judicial review case later.