Man accused of murdering woman hanged himself in his prison cell days

Man accused of murdering woman, 52, at house in Pembrokeshire hanged himself in his prison cell days after being charged by police, court hears

  • Lisa Fraser, 52, was found dead in a property during a raid by armed police
  • Police charged Matthew Harris, 41, in connection with her death
  • Harris was remanded in custody to HMP Long Lartin on May 16
  • He was found hanged in his cell before he was meant to appear in court 

A man accused of murdering a ‘fun-loving’ woman in Pembrokshire has been found hanged in his prison cell days after being charged with her death.

Married Lisa Fraser, 52, was found dead at her whitewash bungalow in Pembroke Dock, West Wales, during a raid by armed police on May 13.

Detectives charged Matthew Harris, 41, with her murder, as well as threats to kill, robbery and criminal damage to a property in Neyland, Pembrokeshire.

He was remanded into custody at HMP Long Lartin on May 16, but was rushed to hospital on May 27 after being found hanged in his cell.

Lisa Fraser (pictured), 52, was discovered during a raid by armed police on a house in Pembroke Dock, West Wales. Matthew Harris was charged with her murder but has since been found hanged in his prison cell

Swansea Crown Court heard that Harris had hanged himself in his cell before entering a plea to any of the charges. He was accused of killing Ms Fraser as well as threats to kill, robbery and criminal damage to a property

Swansea Crown Court heard that he died the day after, and criminal proceedings into Ms Fraser’s death have concluded.

Harris had been due to enter his plea to murder at the court today, but following his death the case can no longer be tried.

Judge Paul Thomas QC ordered that Harris’ death be noted on the case file.

In a tribute after her death, Ms Fraser’s family said: ‘Lisa was loved and cherished by her family and friends, and touched the hearts of everyone she had contact with. 

‘She will be missed by everyone. Lisa, we hope you’re dancing in gold dust.’

Specialist officers are supporting Lisa’s husband and family with locals describing her as ‘lovely and full of fun’.

Detective Superintendent Estelle Hopkin-Davies, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: ‘We offer our deepest condolences to the Fraser family at this distressing time.

‘Specialist officers are providing support to Lisa’s husband and family.’

Harris was remanded into custody at HMP Long Lartin on May 16, but was rushed to hospital on May 27 after being found hanged in his cell

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