• STV
  • MySTV

Death of notorious murderer Donald Forbes investigated

Once dubbed Scotland’s most dangerous man, Forbes died in hospital nearly three years ago.

Murderer: Donald Forbes

A fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the death of a murderer who narrowly avoided the hangman’s noose in the 1950s.

Donald Forbes, 73, who was once branded Scotland’s most dangerous man, died in Inverclyde Royal Hospital in April 2008. He had spent 45 years of his life behind bars.

At the time of his death, he was serving a 12 year sentence in Greenock Prison for drug dealing. The procurator fiscal has now ordered that a fatal accident inquiry should be held into his death. The inquiry will be held at Greenock Sheriff Court in March.

Forbes was sentenced to hang in 1958 for killing night watchman Allan Fisher, 66, at a fish factory in Edinburgh. Forbes bludgeoned Mr Fisher to death during a robbery. The killer was sentenced to death, but it was commuted to life imprisonment.

While awaiting the death sentence he married his girlfriend in his cell and a Glasgow millionaire, the late Mr A E Pickard, sent the couple a £1000 cheque. Forbes and his wife had one child and later divorced. He was freed in 1970 after serving 11 years and eight months for the murder.

Only six weeks later, he stabbed Charlie Gilroy, 22, to death in a Leith pub. A year later, Forbes was branded as Scotland's most dangerous man after he escaped from the maximum security wing at Peterhead Prison. He was recaptured, but tried to escape again two years later.

The killer married again during his second prison stretch and he and his wife had three children. He was in jail until 1998 for Mr Gilroy’s death. Aged 68, he was jailed in 2003 for 12 years after dealing cocaine and cannabis worth £340,000 from his flat in Ryehill Road, Royston, Glasgow and jailed for 12 years.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.