Inquest of Honiton murder-accused to take place next week

PUBLISHED: 15:51 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 08 March 2018

The inquest is due to be held at County Hall. Picture: Terry Ife

The inquest is due to be held at County Hall. Picture: Terry Ife


The inquest of a Honiton man who faced trial for killing a pensioner is set to take place next week.

Charles Broom was found dead in his cell in June 2016, three weeks after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 71-year-old Hilda Oakland.

He admitted the offence on the basis of diminished responsibility, but was awaiting trial on the more serious charge of murder.

The issue at the trial would have been whether Mr Broom was suffering from a mental disorder at the time when he killed Mrs Oakland on December 2, 2015.

Mr Broom, aged 61, of Millhead Road, Honiton, had been due to face trial at Exeter Crown Court in July 2016, but the file was closed.

Mrs Oakland’s inquest took place last year, with coroner John Tomalin concluding a verdict of unlawfully killed.

Mr Broom’s inquest will take place at Exeter County Hall on Monday (March 12).

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