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Firefighter murderer found dead

Anthony de Asha
Prison staff could not resuscitate De Asha

A former firefighter who murdered his wife has been found hanging in his prison cell in Liverpool.

Anthony De Asha, 49, was serving a minimum 15-year sentence for slashing his wife Joanne's throat in an attack at their Crosby home last July.

De Asha admitted murder at Liverpool Crown Court and was jailed in December.

The Ministry of Justice said that staff at HMP Liverpool who found De Asha tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead.

De Asha inflicted 17 injuries on Mrs De Asha.


When the emergency services arrived he was sitting down, smoking a cigarette.

He admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but changed his plea and admitted murder after psychiatrists ruled that he suffered no mental illness.

A Ministry spokesman said: "Liverpool prisoner Anthony De Asha was found hanging in his cell at 0530 GMT on Tuesday 24 February.

"As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

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