CHARLES Bronson wants to be released from prison to attend his ex-wife's funeral after she died of a suspected drugs overdose aged 38, according to reports.
Notorious con Bronson, 66, was said to be "shocked and upset" after Paula Williamson was discovered at an address in Sneyd Green, Stoke, on Monday morning.
The couple, who wed in Wakefield Prison more than two years ago, split last year and were reportedly in the process of having their marriage annulled.
Bronson now serving his life sentence in Woodhill jail in Milton Keynes, but is said to want special dispensation to say farewell to the late Coronation Street star.
A source told the Daily Star: “There’s a fear that the whole thing could turn into a circus but any request to attend a funeral must be evaluated.”
Any prisoner can apply for a special purposes licence to leave jail for a maximum of four nights for a funeral, marriage or medical treatment.
They are then assessed on an individual case basis, with security and risk assessments taken into account.
In this case, Bronson's lifetime of criminality including multiple offences of armed robbery and violence would have to be assessed.
Bronson and Paula appear to have fallen out soon after their marriage, and she was dating boyfriend Peter Jones at the time of her death.
The truck-driver told the Mail Online that he found her lifeless body sprawled on her bed “on top of a bed of cocaine and tablets” .
Britain's most notorious lag – how Bronson gained his grisly nickname
Armed robber Bronson has spent more than 44 years behind bars after repeatedly having his sentence increased for attacking prison staff and taking them hostage.
Writing in his 2000 book Bronson, he said: "I'm a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn't make me evil, just confused".
He was first sentenced to seven years in jail over an armed robbery in 1974.
That was extended by nine months after he attacked a fellow prisoner with a glass jug.
He was then given an extra year in jail for holding a three-day rooftop protest that cost £100,000 in damages.
After a brief stint of freedom, he was found guilty of intent to robbery and sentenced to eight years in 1992.
His sentence was extended by eight years after he held a prison staff member hostage.
He again became involved in a hostage situation, which again resulted in a sentence extension.
He was finally given a life sentence after kidnapping a prison teacher in 1999, with the violent crime investigated for a number of other disturbances since, including allegedly throwing a bottle of human waste at a Muslim prisoner.
It's claimed Bronson also struck up a new romance, after it was revealed he wanted to marry a 63-year-old pensioner called Joan.
He has already spent more than 44 years behind bars after repeatedly having his sentence increased for attacking prison staff and taking them hostage.
Britain's "most violent prisoner" was handed a life sentence in 1999 after kidnapping a prison teacher and has been investigated for a number of disturbances since.
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