A pub landlord took his own life in jail before he could be quizzed over a webcam girl’s death.
Jerome Dangar was being investigated for manslaughter over the death of 21-year-old graduate Hope Barden.
Hope, a support worker for people with learning disabilities earned extra income as a sex cam girl, but died of asphyxiation after Dangar’s encouragement.
DerbyshireLive reports that Hope’s family called him a “sick man” for not reporting what happened when she lost consciousness.
Hope’s flatmate found her body at their home on March 15, 2018 .
Dangar had paid her to take part in the risky activity while he watched hundreds of miles away in Tintagel, Cornwall.
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He was later locked up for possessing extreme pornography with an interest in death.
An inquest jury in Exeter, Devon, was told that 45-year-old Dangar stockpiled prescription medication in his cell before he was found dead at Dartmoor Jail in April 2019.
A Home Office pathologist confirmed he had died from a drugs overdose.
Dangar had been on remand at Exeter Jail before he was jailed in January 2019 at Truro Crown Court for 15 months.
The senior Devon coroner Philip Spinney told the jury that Dangar was transferred to Dartmoor Jail a few days after he was jailed at Truro Crown Court.
Dangar had written letters about wishing to take his own life, the jury also heard.
A day before he was found dead, he learned he was to be re-interviewed by Staffordshire Police about the manslaughter of Hope.
Dangar was in jail after admitting nine charges of possessing extreme pornography of acts that portrayed threatening a person’s life and endangering their genitals.
He had an interest not only in auto-erotic strangulation, but so-called snuff videos which showed people dying.
Judge Simon Carr said 47 images and videos Dangar was found to possess included “the deliberate torture of people who are clearly alive at the beginning and seem to be dead at the end”.
Dangar was in prison after he admitted nine charges of possessing extreme pornography of acts that portrayed threatening a person’s life and endangering their genitals.
Judge Simon Carr said 47 images and video found in Dangar’s possession included “the deliberate torture of people who are clearly alive at the beginning and seem to be dead at the end”.
The judge told him: “These offences are in my view the worst of their kind.”
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A pathologist reviewed the videos and believed “at least three of the people being tortured were dead by the end”.
Prosecutor Philip Lee said the images showed a “pre occupation with strangulation, stabbing, torture, asphyxiation and death”
At Hope’s inquest, a conclusion of unlawful killing was recorded.
The coroner in charge of the inquest heard Dangar was depraved and left her to die after watching her suffocate on a live sex webcam.
Dangar paid Hope to perform “degrading and dangerous” acts after he met her on an adult website where she was earning money to top up her wages as a carer.
The pub landlord paid £2,300 over three months to watch her.
The 21-year-old graduate died from asphyxiation and Dangar watched live but did not call 999, her inquest was told.
The inquest jury recorded a suicide verdict on Dangar after an eight-day inquest at Exeter Coroner’s Court.