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Silksworth man charged with murder of Shiney Row father-of-two found dead in cell at Holme House Prison, Stockton
A 49-year-old man who was charged with the joint murder of John Anthony Hall, in Shiney Row, Sunderland, has been found dead in his Stockton prison cell.
Paul Ian Tate, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, was found by staff at Holme House Prison just before 6am yesterday (Friday, September 27).
A spokesman for the Prison Service said: “HMP Holme House prisoner Paul Tate was found unresponsive in his cell by prison staff.
“As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”
Mr Tate was charged with murdering the father-of-two in Shiney Row on Saturday, September 14, along with Mr Nicholas John Rought, 45, of Shiney Row and Stuart Bycroft Smith, 42, of the Houghton-le-Spring area.
The body of Mr Hall, 46, of Burn Avenue, Shiney Row, was found in West Rainton, near Durham City, at 7pm on on Sunday, September 15. He had suffered multiple injuries.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “A 49-year-old man was found dead inside his cell at Holme House prison in Stockton in the early hours of Friday morning.
“Cleveland Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death and are awaiting results of a post-mortem examination.”
Mr Tate had appeared before Newcastle Crown Court via videolink from Holme House Prison on September 24. No pleas were entered and the case was adjourned.
He was due to appear again before the court on Monday.