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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Birmingham double murder accused found dead


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A man accused of murdering a Birmingham couple in their home has been found hanged in his prison cell, police said Tuesday. Rimvydas Liorancas, 37, from Lithuania, was found dead at Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes on Saturday morning. He had been charged with the murders of Avtar and Carole Kolar earlier this month. The pair were found dead at their home in Handsworth Wood on January 11 having suffered blunt force trauma to the head in an apparent bungled burglary. Their son Jason, a police officer, found the bodies, but police later said they did not believe the killings were linked to his work. A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Woodhill prisoner Rimvydas Liorancas was found hanging in his cell at 8.52am on Saturday January 28. "Staff attempted resuscitation and paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at 9.30am. "As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation." Mr Kolar, 62, and his wife, who was 58, had been married for 40 years and had four children and eight grandchildren. Liorancas was arrested in Birmingham on January 16 and was due to appear at a plea hearing in May followed by a trial in August. It is thought that he was not considered at risk of suicide or self-harm.


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