Berkshire

Janine Bowater murder case ends after suspect's death

Janine Bowater Image copyright TVP
Image caption Janine Bowater died from compression of the neck

Court proceedings into the death of a mother-of-two have been discontinued after a man charged with her murder died in prison.

John Wright, 32, was accused of strangling 25-year-old Janine Bowater on Park Avenue in Thatcham, Berkshire, on 12 December.

Prosecutors confirmed the case had been dropped during a hearing at Reading Crown Court.

Dates for inquests into both deaths have not yet been set.

A post-mortem examination found Ms Bowater, described by her family as "amazing" and "loving", was killed from compression of the neck.

Mr Wright, of Hollands, Thatcham, was charged with her murder and died while he was on remand at Bullingdon Prison in Oxfordshire on 14 December.

The Prison Service said an independent investigation into his death would be undertaken by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

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