A MAN charged with murdering a 46-year-old whose body was discovered by a dog walker in a lane has been found dead in his prison cell.
Paul Tate was one of three men accused of murdering John Hall, a grandfather from Shiney Row, Sunderland, who died as a result of multiple injuries.
Tate, 49, of Silksworth, Sunderland, was being held on remand at Holme House Prison, Stockton, Teesside.
He was due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on tomorrow.
His body was discovered in his cell early on Friday.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Holme House prisoner Paul Tate was found unresponsive in his cell by prison staff at 5.45am on Friday, 27 September.
“Paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at 8.26am.
“As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”
The two men also charged with murdering Mr Hall will appear before the courts next week.
Mr Hall’s body was found in West Rainton, County Durham, on September 15.