Remand prisoner found dead in Gloucester prison

A 58-year-old man who was due to stand trial for attempting to stab his estranged wife and her partner to death has been found dead in prison.

Peter Mason, who was on remand at HMP Gloucester, was found on Saturday night, the Prison Service said.

Attempts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead at the prison.

He had been charged with the attempted murder of Deborah Mason and her new partner Michael Longden in Herefordshire in July 2012.

Stab wounds

Both victims suffered multiple stab wounds during the attack at the home they shared in Ledbury.

His death is now the subject of an independent investigation by a prisons ombudsman.

Mr Mason, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, was married for 10 years and had two children.

His trial had been scheduled to begin on 1 April.

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