Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Suicide of Murder Suspect

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Suicide of Murder Suspect

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AN ALCOHOLIC awaiting trial accused of murdering his ex-wife committed suicide in his prison cell, an inquest ruled.

David Turner, 48, was an inmate at Holme House Prison in Stockton when he was found hanged from a ligature made out of a sheet.

A jury at Teesside Coroner's Court yesterday returned a unanimous verdict that Mr Turner killed himself by hanging himself from the cell toilet door.

The inquest had heard that Middlesbrough-born Mr Turner had gone to his former wife Linda Hewitt's home in Pity Me, County Durham, on January 26, last year.

Police said he waited for the 45-year-old to leave the house then pulled her to the ground and stabbed her repeatedly with a kitchen knife.

The jury heard that Mr Turner, who was intelligent and worked for years as a civil servant, had no criminal record and had been identified as a risk to himself when he went to Holme House.

He admitted suffering from depression and two earlier suicide attempts. …

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