Honiton man who admitted killing pensioner dies in prison

PUBLISHED: 15:58 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 23 June 2016


The death of Charles Broom is not being treated as suspicious.

A Honiton man who admitted killing a pensioner whose body was found in a field in Fenny Bridges has died in prison, police have confirmed.

Charles Broom, 61, admitted the manslaughter of 71-year-old Hilda Oakland at Fenny Bridges, near Honiton but pleaded not guilty to her murder.

A police spokesman said that Broom was found dead in HMP Exeter on Tuesday, June 21.

Broom, of Millhead Road, was accused of murdering Mrs Oakland, whose body was found in a 4x4 vehicle in a field off the A30 at Fenny Bridges near Honiton, on December 2, last year.

At Exeter Crown Court, Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC had set a trial date for July 25 and remanded Broom in custody.

The police spokesman added that Broom’s death is not being treated as suspicious, and his next of kin have been informed.

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