Murder bid man dies in Durham prison cell
Norman Alan Pearson, who attempted to kill his wife Anne following a row, was found in his cell at Durham Prison and later pronounced dead.
Pearson, 72, of Dent View, Egremont who told police he had planned the murder was in custody while waiting to be se Tommy Hilfiger Outlet Stores ntenced.
This was due to take place at Carlisle Crown Court. But the judge in the case, Paul Batty QC, was instead given his death certificate during a legal hearing about the development.
An investigation is now due to be carried out into the circumstances of his death, a move routinely launched following deaths in custody.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: Durham prisoner Norman Alan Pearson was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 1.10pm on Sunday July 28.
was pronounced dead at 1.36pm by paramedics.
with all de Tommy Hilfiger Outlet Stores aths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation. Batty told the court: defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted murder.
was due to be sentenced but I have been handed a certificate of the death of Norman Pearson, who was born on January 27, 1941. The place of death was Durham Prison.
am satisfied that the defendant in this case is indeed deceased. told detectives that he had picked January 11 this year as the day he would commit the murder killing his 61 year old wife.
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Mrs Pearson was saved by the unexpected arrival home of their granddaughter.
As she walked into the kitchen, she stumbled upon a horrific scene, with Mrs Pearson struggling for breath as her husband held the bag over her head.
The teenager was able to drag Pearson away and make him come to his senses.
The pensioner had denied attempting to murder his wife and was due to stand trial. But, in June, just minutes before a jury was due to be sworn in, he changed his plea.
Mrs Pearson was particularly vulnerable since she already suffered from breathing problems and depended on bottled oxygen. She was treated at her home by paramedics but did not need hospital treatment.