The death of Liam Dean in his prison cell brought to the fore the issue of child abuse and the importance of proper rehabilitation and punishment for such heinous crimes. Dean’s actions were unforgivable and caused irreparable damage to innocent life.
In 2017, Liam Deane, 22, was found dead in a prison cell after killing his young daughter by beating her. After attacking his young daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying, Liam Deane was found guilty of killing her.
Newborn Luna was left with her father at their home in Wakefield while her mother went to sleep. However, Luna’s vile father slapped her in the face, shaking her and pushing her hard as she continued to cry.
The child received intensive care at Leeds Hospital and was taken to a hospice, but died after suffering severe brain damage. While being questioned by authorities about the toddler’s death, Deane reportedly broke down and admitted to hitting the child and killing her. A month after being jailed for his heinous crimes against his daughter, Liam Deane was found dead in his cell.
At trial, a 28-year-old inmate named John Westland was eventually charged with Dean’s murder. Police reportedly cordoned off Westland before taking him to court. Due to the seriousness of his crimes, he was sent back to prison and told to wait until he appeared at Leeds Crown Court.
The same thing happened in 2020 when a 26-year-old man was placed in a cell with a person who had sexually assaulted his younger sister several years earlier. At Airway Heights Corrections Center in Washington, Shane Goldsby allegedly killed Robert Munger by beating him to death after guards ignored his request for a cellmate exchange.
Shane Goldsby was first arrested for stealing a Kelso police cruiser, taking the State Highway Patrol on a long chase, and injuring a trooper. He made his way from one prison to another, arguing with the guards along the way, until he finally found Munger’s cell.
Evidence alleges that Goldsby repeatedly stomped on Munger’s face before headbutting him at least four times in the prison’s common room. Munger later succumbed to his injuries. As a result of his candid confession to the victim’s family, Goldsby was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Goldsby admitted his shame, saying he couldn’t imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one in this way. He begs Munger’s wife and the rest of the family for forgiveness. He told them he was deeply sorry and expressed hope that some family member could alleviate the suffering he had caused.
The deaths of Liam Dean and Robert Munger are a reminder of the importance of protecting vulnerable members of society and providing appropriate punishment and rehabilitation to those who commit crimes against them. It is the responsibility of the justice system to ensure that justice is served and that victims are heard and supported throughout the process.