Cannibal killer to get gastric band after reaching 22-stone in Broadmoor

A CANNIBAL killer whose weight has ballooned to a mammoth 22-stone since being locked up is on the waiting list for a gastric band operation – with the taxpayer footing the £7,000 bill.

Graham Fisher was jailed after being convicted of indecently assaulting a pair of Spanish students at knife point in Eastbourne back in May 1998.

He later confessed to the 1998 killing of two women in nearby Hastings – Clare Letchford and Beryl O’Connor, both of whom had been strangled and set on fire. Fisher was also found to have cut flesh from Miss Letchford’s arm and eaten it. He also raped a woman at her home in Bomley, Kent in 1991.

Now a resident of the high security Broadmoor Hospital, 37-year-old Fisher has piled on the pounds after bingeing on junk food like crisps and cake and is now classed as obese.

That led to him asking for medical help to lose the weight he has accumulated while spending his days lounging in his single cell and it emerged earlier this week that he had been earmarked for expensive weight loss surgery.

Staff from Broadmoor took him to a hospital in Oxford for preliminary discussions with a gastric specialist and is said to be waiting for a suitable time slot to come up.

The West London Mental Health Trust, which runs Broadmoor, said it could not confirm or deny the story. A spokesman for the trust said, “Due to patient confidentiality we can’t any disclose information about individual patients.”

However, Broadmoor management have recently approved the use of gastric band surgery for residents. A gastric band works by reducing the size of a person’s stomach so that they feel fuller quicker and therefore do not eat as much.

It has become popular with celebrities, with TV favourite Fern Britton among the high profile success stories.

The family of Fisher’s victims though are angry the killer is being affording the same opportunities.

Claire Fisher’s 88-year-old mum Joyce was among those who reacted angrily. She said, “It’s terrible he is getting preferential treatment. There is never a day I don’t think of Clare.

“I lost my husband in the same year she was killed and you never get over it.”

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