Man charged with daughter's murder dies in jail
A man facing trial today accused of murdering his teenage daughter has died in jail, the Prison Service said.
Tony Couchman, 47, of Beecham Place, St Leonards, East Sussex, was accused of killing single mother Victoria Couchman, 19, between 15 and 18 May 2008.
He was found unconscious in his cell in HMP Lewes, East Sussex, on Saturday morning and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, the Prison Service said.
He had slashed his wrists, according to The Sun.
Couchman was originally arrested after children playing in Redgeland Wood in the Queensway area of St Leonards found a skull in October 2008.
Further human remains were later found around the scene and medical records were used to identify them as those of Ms Couchman.
Her father was also charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder investigation. He had denied both charges.
He was listed for trial at Lewes Crown Court.
A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Lewes prisoner Tony Couchman was found unconscious in his cell at 11.30am on Saturday January 2.
"Paramedics attended the prison, but Mr Couchman was pronounced dead shortly after that time. The cause of death is yet to be determined.
"As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."
Simon Calder looks at communities fighting back against the poachers
Arsenal 1 Everton 1: Substitute equalises with six minutes to go
booksGeese, gorillas, grandads... and growing up
- 1 Turning up the voice of America
- 2 The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
- 3 The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts
- 4 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis
- 5 Japan cracks down on leaks after scandal of Fukushima nuclear power plant
Guide dog mauled while helping owner deliver Christmas cards
The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
Icon or terrorist: Nelson Mandela’s complex bond with Britain
Deadly ice storm sees US temperatures drop to -29C
Millions of families living in poverty despite being in employment says new study
- < Previous
- Next >