HAM­MER KILLER HANGS HIM­SELF

Man ac­cused of cop par­ents’ mur­der found dead in cell

Midweek Sport - - HOLY MACKEREL! - By REX ROW­LANDS

THE Lithua­nian man ac­cused of the dou­ble mur­der of a cop’s par­ents with a lump ham­mer has been found DEAD in his prison cell.

Rimvy­das Lio­ran­cas, 37, was charged over the bru­tal deaths of Av­tar and Ca­role Ko­lar at their home in Handsworth Wood, Birm­ing­ham, ear­lier this month.

West Mid­lands Po­lice con­firmed he was found dead in his cell at Wood­hill Prison in Mil­ton Keynes, Bucks, on Satur­day.

A Prison Ser­vice spokesman said: “HMP Wood­hill prisoner Rimvy­das Lio­ran­cas was found hang­ing in his cell at 8.52am on Satur­day Jan­uary 28.

“Staff tried re­sus­ci­ta­tion and paramedics at­tended but he was pro­nounced dead at 9.30am.

As with all deaths in cus­tody, the Pris­ons and Pro­ba­tion Om­buds­man will be con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Mr Ko­lar, 62, and his 58-year-old wife had been mar­ried for 40 years and had four kids.

The cou­ple were found dead at their home on Jan 11, hav­ing suf­fered blunt force trauma to the head.

Their bod­ies were dis­cov­ered by their po­lice­man son, Ja­son.

At an emo­tional press con­fer­ence the day af­ter the cou­ple were found, their daugh­ter, Michelle Kir­wan, 39, and her brother, Av­tar Ko­lar, 32, said their hearts had been “bro­ken for­ever”.

Man­hunt

Their par­ents were thought to have been killed in a bun­gled bur­glary and items that had been stolen from the prop­erty were re­cov­ered.

Lio­ran­cas was ar­rested at an ad­dress in Birm­ing­ham on Jan 16 fol­low­ing a man­hunt.

He ap­peared at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court on Jan 23, where he spoke only to con­firm his name. He was due to ap­pear be­fore the court again for a plea hear­ing on May 25 and a trial date was fixed for Aug 28.

Lio­ran­cas was not con­sid­ered at risk of sui­cide or self-harm.

De­tails of the death of Lio­ran­cas were kept se­cret while his fam­ily in Lithua­nia were in­formed of his death.

Po­lice have said the mo­tive for the cou­ple’s mur­ders was noth­ing to do with their po­lice­man son’s job, po­lice work with gangs, or the theft of gold.

The mur­der weapon used was a lump ham­mer re­cov­ered at the scene.

MUR­DERED: Av­tar Ko­lar and his wife Ca­role were found dead

in their home ear­lier this month

SUI­CIDE: Rimvy­das Lio­ran­cas

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