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Murderer found dead in cell
Anwar Islam
Anwar Islam was found dead in his prison cell
A man serving a life sentence for murdering a teenager and dumping her body in the street has been found dead in prison.

The body of Anwar Islam, 36, from Swansea, was discovered in his cell at the high security Long Lartin prison in Evesham, Worcestershire, on Saturday morning.

Islam was jailed in 2000 after beating 18-year-old Johanne Powell to death at his home in the Mount Pleasant area of Swansea.

A spokeswoman said on Sunday: "A prisoner at HMP Long Lartin was discovered dead in his cell at the prison at 0745 yesterday morning.

"An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is under way. A Home Office pathologist will conduct a post-mortem."

At Islam's trial at Swansea Crown Court, the jury heard that Ms Powell had been put through 24 hours of beatings before her body was dumped on the pavement outside Islam's flat in Woodlands Terrace, Swansea.

Johanne Powell
Islam was convicted of the murder of Johanne Powell

Ms Powell had more than 60 bruises covering her body and she had suffered six broken ribs, a broken arm and three cuts to her liver.

Sentencing Islam to life, Judge Geoffrey Grigson said: "Johanne Powell was 18-years-old when you beat her to death.

"It is plain that her death was pre-meditated and prolonged.

"Your history proves you're a psychopath and sadist."

Ms Powell had ended a relationship with Islam five days before her death on 1 November 1999.

He had lured her back to his flat for a talk before beating her to death.

Islam had denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility claiming he was seriously psychopathic.

But he was convicted of murder by the jury.

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