Prison inmate kills 80-year-old cellmate because he looked like Santa Claus


David Gomersall 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A prison inmate was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly killing his elderly cellmate because he looked like Santa Claus, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Nottinghamshire Police said that they have arrested 25-year-old David Gomersall, after being accused of choking to death 80-year-old John Coxall.

According to the police investigation, Gomersall was serving a three year prison sentence for threatening to kill someone while Coxall was in jail for violating a restraining order.

Gomersall told police that he put Coxall in a headlock because he looked like Santa Claus. He then choked the elderly man with bed sheets until he passed out.

Coxall, who was serving 30 months in prison for violating a restraining order taken out by his neighbor, was found dead on the floor of his cell the following day by prison guards.