A pub landlord has taken his own life in prison before police could question him again over the death of a camgirl he watched happen live.

Jerome Dangar, 45, was being investigated for manslaughter over the death of 21-year-old Hope Barden.

Barden, from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, worked part-time as a sex cam girl in order to top up the income she received from her job as a support worker for people with disabilities.

Dangar had paid her to take part in dangerous sexual acts – which led to her death – while he watched from his home in Cornwall and was later locked up for possessing extreme pornography with an interest in death, DerbyshireLive reports.

Barden's flatmate found her body at their home on Wood Street on March 15, 2018.

At the inquest, a conclusion of unlawful killing was recorded, with the coroner hearing that Dangar was depraved and left her to die after watching her suffocate on a live sex webcam.

Her family called him a "sick man" for not reporting what happened when she lost consciousness.

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The inquest was told that the 45-year-old 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 written letters about wishing to take his own life, the jury heard.

A day before he was found dead, he learned he was to be re-interviewed by Staffordshire Police about the manslaughter of Barden.

Dangar was in prison 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".

While sentencing Dangar, the judge told him: "These offences are in my view the worst of their kind."

The judge said 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 "preoccupation with strangulation, stabbing, torture, asphyxiation and death".

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