Inquest: Liorancas was 'in good spirits' in days before he hanged himself

A man accused of killing a Birmingham couple appeared to be "in good spirits" in the days before he was found hanged, an inquest has heard.

Rimvydas Liorancas, 37, was found dead in his cell in January at HMP Woodhill, where he was awaiting trial for the murders of Avtar and Carole Kolar.

An inquest jury sitting at Milton Keynes' Civic Offices was told that Liorancas was being given methadone to wean him off heroin when he was transferred from HMP Birmingham to Woodhill on January 21.

His English wasn't the best but he understood what I was asking. There was nothing of any significance other than his drug use. He wasn't showing any withdrawals from substance misuse - there was absolutely nothing significant about him at all.

– Deborah Simons, witness

The inquest also heard that a "suicide note" and a letter to a relative, both written in Lithuanian, were recovered from the inmate's cell after his death on January 28.

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Double Murder Suspect Inquest

An inquest will begin into the death of the man who is alleged to have killed Avtar and Carole Kolar at their home in Birmingham. Rimvydas Liorancas was found hanged in his prison cell in January this year.