Ewan Hardie, who has more than 70 criminal convictions, says prison wardens at Craiginches took too long to treat him when he swallowed a fork and has filed suit.

Hardie has now lodged a claim against the Scottish Prison Service.

The 33-year-old is not currently in jail but has a history of court appearances.

In April 2002 we told how he notched up his 71st conviction.

The drug abuser appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted stealing four bottles of aftershave from Safeway in King Street.

He had been released on bail just four days previously.

Sheriff Alexander Jessop jailed him for four months.

At the time his solicitor said he had an on-going, extremely entrenched drug problem.

In 1994, Hardie was also a suspect in a murder investigation.

He was charged with murdering Aberdeen pensioner Frank Robb, 74, who died in hospital after being found in a city street with head and internal injuries.

Mr Hardie appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court charged with robbing and murdering the pensioner.

But just weeks later he was released from custody and the case was put on ice.

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