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Murder suspect found dead in cell
Kam Fum Chung was killed
Ms Chung was killed in her west London home
A man due to stand trial for the murder of a 65-year-old woman has been found hanged in prison.

Thomas Joseph Carty, who had just turned 22, from West Drayton in west London, was found at Belmarsh Prison, south east London, early on Saturday.

Restaurant owner Kam Fum Chung, known as Helen, was killed at her home in Hillingdon, west London, on 6 November.

Mr Carty was due to attend a committal hearing charged with murder, aggravated burglary, and threats to kill.

He was also charged with possession of an imitation firearm.

Police believe Mrs Chung, who owned a Chinese restaurant, was stamped and kicked to death by burglars who mistakenly thought she had the restaurant's takings.

Her 15-year-old son discovered her body.

A Home Office spokesperson said Mr Carty was found hanged in his cell by prison officers and was pronounced dead at 0544GMT.

"The death in custody happened in the early hours of this morning and next of kin have now been informed," he said.

"Every death in custody is a tragedy and our sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr Carty at this time.

"Police, the coroner and next of kin have been informed and, as with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will carry out an investigation."




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