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Family attack accused found dead

Craig Jordan
Craig Jordan was bailed by Exeter magistrates after the alleged attacks

A man accused of running over his mother-in-law and trapping her beneath his car, has been found hanged.

Craig Jordan had been due to appear in court on Monday, charged in connection with the incident.

But police revealed that the 23-year-old from Exeter, Devon, was found hanged on Sunday.

Mr Jordan had faced five assault charges following the alleged incident at a house in the Beacon Heath area of Exeter on 3 October.

Mr Jordan was charged with wounding his mother-in-law Susan Curtis causing her grievous bodily harm.

He was also accused of assaulting his mother, Elizabeth Jordan, his wife Laura and his wife's aunt, Karen Mimms.

He also faced a fifth charge of assaulting a police officer.

Head injuries

Mrs Curtis, 50, had to be freed by firefighters after she became trapped under the wheels of Mr Jordan's Subaru Impreza car.

She was treated in hospital for injuries to her head, body and legs after firefighters lifted the car using hydraulic gear.

When Mr Jordan appeared before Exeter magistrates three days later he was conditionally bailed to stay with his parents and made the subject of a curfew.

He was also banned from having any contact with his wife and other people connected with the case.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said Mr Jordan was found hanged in the city and there were no suspicious circumstances.

An inquest will be held later.

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