A NOTORIOUS serial rapist with 76 convictions died from an apparent accidental overdose in jail, it has emerged.
Kevin Fyffe – known as “The Thing” – had committed a string of offences, including brutal sex attacks, assault, attempted murder and running down a police officer.
He was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after collapsing in his cell at Saughton prison in September 2012, but was pronounced dead soon afterwards.
The sheriff’s official ruling on his death at the age of 47 has only just been published.
Fyffe, from Dalkeith, was originally jailed for five years for a savage rape in 1988,
In 2002, just four days after his release from another sentence, he launched a brutal sex attack on a female shopper in Edinburgh.
He followed the 33-year-old woman from a grocery store, pounced on her from behind and poured cider over her. He screamed obscenities and molested her, repeatedly smashing his fist into her face.
The following day, he flashed at a 24-year-old woman on a bus.
Jailing him for eight years, High Court judge Lord Phillip told Fyffe he was a “serious danger to women and will continue to be so”.
He should have been behind bars until 2010, but was electronically tagged and freed on licence in 2007.
In 2009, his licence was revoked and he was returned to jail after being arrested for breach of the peace following alleged “inappropriate behaviour”. He was said to have been harrassing and frightening a number of women and making unwanted phone calls.
He had been nicknamed “The Thing” because of his resemblance to the rocky star of the Fantastic Four comics and movies,
Soon after his return to jail, Fyffe ended up in hospital after reportedly being punched by fellow prisoner, the “Da Vinci rapist” Robert Greens, serving ten years for raping a Dutch student near Rosslyn Chapel.
The row was allegedly over Fyffe’s pungent tobacco smoke drifting into Greens’ cell.
It was also reported that Fyffe acted as “chauffeur and butler” to Peter Tobin, jailed for murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk, schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton and teenager Dinah McNicol. He was said to push Tobin around in his wheelchair and take meals to his cell.
In 2011, Fyffe was transferred from Saughton to Noranside open prison, near Forfar, but was returned just three weeks later after complaints from women guards.
Sheriff Donald Corke made a formal finding after conducting an inquiry into his death.
He said Fyffe had been prescribed the analgesic drug nefopam for chronic pain in his back and legs and was allowed to keep the tablets in his cell.
The sheriff noted that nefopam was a relatively safe painkiller and there were very few cases where it had been linked to deaths.
His report concluded: “Though possibly implicated in the death of the deceased, there is no evidence that this was a deliberate overdose and no reasonable precautions could have been taken to prevent the death.”