A MAN accused of murdering a 52-year-old woman in Pembrokeshire is believed to have taken his own life in prison.

Matthew Harris was to stand trial for the murder of Lisa Fraser in Pembroke Dock on May 13.

Today, June 13, Harris was due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for plea and trial and preparation but the court was told he had died in prison.

A Dyfed-Powys Police detective sergeant, who was part of the investigation into the murder of Mrs Fraser, said that Harris hanged himself in his cell at HMP Long Lartin with his body found on May 28.

HMP Long Lartin is categorised as a high-security men’s prison in the village of South Littleton near Evesham in Worcester.

 

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said the force are aware of Harris' death and that the family had been informed.

A statement said: “We can confirm that we are aware of the death of Matthew Harris at HMP Long Lartin in South Littleton, near Evesham, which has been referred to the coroner in Worcestershire.

“Specially trained officers have updated the family of Lisa Fraser and the Pembrokeshire Coroner has also been informed.”

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Lisa Fraser of Pembroke Dock was found dead in a property in Pennar. She was 52.

The incident led to a large police presence, including armed officers, on Military Road in the morning of May 13.

Welsh Ambulance were called, with a spokesperson confirming they were at the scene at around 8.40am. The ambulance service sent a rapid response vehicle and an emergency ambulance.

A murder investigation was launched on the day, with Dyfed-Powys Police confirming a man had been arrested.

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Harris, 41, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates on May 16 and then at Swansea Crown Court the following day.

There Harris' defence barrister, Mr Robin Rouch QC, confirmed a psychiatric report would be necessary before the pre-trial process could commence. 

Mr Rouch had told the court: "The defendant was previously unrepresented during interview, however, my client has indicated that he will be co-operating."

Harris was further charged with making threats to kill Lisa Fraser's neighbour; of robbing vape; causing criminal damage to garden pots and damaging a car window.

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Paying tribute to her, Lisa’s family said they hoped she would be ‘dancing in gold dust’.

The statement, released by the family on May 14, said: “Lisa was loved and cherished by her family and friends."

"She touched the hearts of everyone she had contact with. She will be missed by everyone.

"Lisa, we hope you’re dancing in gold dust.”

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At the the time senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Estelle Hopkin-Davies thanked the Pembroke Dock community for their support.

Superintendent Hopkin-Davies said: “We offer our deepest condolences to the Fraser family at this distressing time."

“On behalf of the investigation team, I would like to thank the Pembroke Dock community for their support for officers as they have been making enquiries over the past two days."

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