A man charged with strangling his ex-girlfriend was discovered dead in his prison cell early this morning.
John Wright was only hours away from making his first appearance before a judge.
He was accused of murdering mother-of-two Janine Bowater after the 25-year-old’s body was discovered outside a block of garages in Thatcham, Berkshire.
Prosecutor Michael Roques told Reading Crown Court today that Wright had passed away at HMS Bullingdon.
It is understood the 32-year-old was found hanged by prison guards.
Mr Roques said: ‘Mr Wright died in the early hours of the morning, today. We are calling formal evidence of the death.
‘I request that we adjourn the case for a number of days.’
Judge Johanna Cutts allowed the case to be adjourned until December 22.
Wright appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court just hours before his death, when he made no plea against his charge yesterday.
A post mortem showed Ms Bowater had been strangled to death.
Wright was arrested at the murder scene in the early hours of Tuesday, December 12, and questioned by officers from Thames Valley Police.
He was then charged with murder and causing grievous bodily harm.
Ms Bowater’s family have paid a touching tribute to the ‘amazing’ mother-of-two.
They said: ‘Losing a loved one is never easy but we have lost Janine in one of the most awful ways possible.
‘She has been so cruelly taken from her partner Lee and her two young children who she doted on.
‘Not only were you an amazing caring mother and daughter you were also a loving partner and sister.
‘Little did we know that night, all our lives would change forever.
‘You will be missed so much by all your family and everyone that loves you.
‘Sleep tight beautiful, shine bright, you’ll forever be in our hearts.’
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