Inquest's verdict: Man accused of killing couple took his own life

Avtar Kolar and his wife Carole were found dead at their home Photo: ITV Central

A man who was accused of killing a Birmingham couple and found hanged in his prison cell while on remand took his own life, an inquest jury has ruled.

A hearing was told that Rimvydas Liorancas, who was accused of murdering a couple at their home, was pronounced dead, despite efforts to revive him by prison officers and paramedics.

Workers from HMP Woodhill told the hearing that Liorancas seemed to be "in good spirits" despite the grave charges he was facing.

The inmate, 37, originally from Lithuania, was pronounced dead on January 28th in his cell at the Milton Keynes jail, where he was awaiting trial for murder.

Mr Kolar, 62, and his 58-year-old wife were found dead at their home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, on January 11th.

Mr Liorancas, who left a suicide note, was being given methadone to wean him off heroin when he was transferred from Birmingham Prison to Woodhill on January 21th.

The inquest jury took 45 minutes to reach a unanimous finding that Liorancas killed himself.

The panel was invited to think about returning a narrative element to its verdict, stating whether or not enough consideration had been given to "risk factors" relating to Liorancas.