Builder accused of killing ‘beautiful and kind’ girlfriend dies behind bars

A builder accused of murdering his "beautiful and kind" girlfriend has been found dead in jail days before he was due to go on trial.

Terence Papworth, 45, was charged over the killing of mum-of-one Amy-Leanne Stringfellow during lockdown.

Amy, 26, was discovered at her lover's home in Doncaster, South Yorks, on June 5 with serious injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

Papworth was found dead in his cell at HMP Leeds yesterday. He had been due to stand trial next Monday (November 30) for the alleged crime.

The Ministry of Justice said: "Terence Papworth died in HMP Leeds on 22 November.

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"The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed."

No details of his death have been released.

Papworth and former soldier Amy, who has a young daughter, had been in a relationship since last October but they had not moved in together.

After her death South Yorkshire Police referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog over prior dealing they had with Amy.

She enlisted in the Army in 2010, serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012.

Amy had been promoted to Lance Corporal but was discharged before taking up the post.

She rejoined as a volunteer reservist in 2017 and also worked as a personal trainer. Tributes flooded in for the much-loved mum after her tragic death.

Her devastated mum Jacquie said her "heart stopped beating" the day her daughter died.

She said: "Amy wasn't loved by one, or hundreds, but thousands.

"No other woman, as long as I live in Doncaster, will have to go through this again. Amy was a strong character."

Amy's family released a touching tribute to the "beautiful and kind" mum who "inspired so many others".

They said: "Our hearts are broken and will never truly be repaired.

"We know you will live on in your little girl. We loved you all the pennies in the world."

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