Pub landlord accused of woman’s sex role play death took overdose in jail

A depraved pub landlord accused of playing a role in a women's sex role-play death died of an overdose in jail.

Jerome Dangar was being investigated over the death of sex cam girl Hope Barden who died while performing for him during an online bondage session.

Dangar, who was accused of manslaughter, had paid the 21-year-old graduate to take part in the session and failed to call for assistance even though he could see she was in distress, StokeonTrentLive reports.

He was in HMP Dartmoor, Devon, after being jailed in January 2019 for possession of extreme pornography.

An inquest in Exeter, Devon, was told that Dangar, 45, stockpiled prescription medication in his cell before he was found dead in April 2019.

A Home Office pathologist said he died from being poisoned by propranolol, a drug used to treat anxiety.

The inquest jury heard Dangar had been on remand at HMP Exeter before he was given a 15-month sentence at Truro Crown Court in January 2019.

A day before he was found dead, Dangar learned he was to be re-interviewed by Staffordshire Police over the manslaughter of Hope.

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She was found dead at her home in Burton-on-Trent on March 15, 2018.

Dangar wrote letters talking about suicide but told his parents he "did not have the bottle to hang himself".

During the sentencing for his extreme pornography conviction, Judge Simon Carr said the 47 images and videos include "the deliberate torture of people who are clearly alive at the beginning and seem to be dead at the end".

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He told Dangar, who ran a pub in Tintagel, Cornwall, that "these offences are in my view the worst of their kind".

Prosecutor Philip Lee said the images showed a "preoccupation with strangulation, stabbing, torture, asphyxiation and death".

At tragic Hope's inquest, a conclusion of unlawful killing was recorded.

A coroner there heard that Dangar was a depraved 'snuff movie' fan who left her to die after watching her suffocate on a live sex webcam.

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It was said she was paid to perform "degrading and dangerous" acts by Dangar after he met her on an adult website where she was earning money to top up her wages as a carer.

Dangar paid £2,300 over three months to watch her and police later found abuse videos at his home.

After Hope's inquest, her mum Kate released a heartfelt statement through Staffordshire Police.

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It said: "Hope was a beautiful, intelligent young woman.

"Hope had paid work in the Burton area as a carer for people with learning disabilities."

She went on: "Hope had been earning extra money working in the online adult film industry. Unregulated, this industry serves no one except those who wish to perpetrate violence against women.

"Hope became the subject of interest of a regular user of the site who paid her to perform sexual acts via the internet, which over three months of contact escalated into degrading and dangerous situations.

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"We are sorely disappointed that this case can no longer bring any legal justice for Hope.

"Had this gone to court, this would be a landmark case, the first of its kind in the UK.

"If someone is obviously in danger, one has a legal obligation to take steps to help.

"In this tragic case, Hope was left to die. Hope's family and friends have been devastated."

The Exeter inquest jury returned a verdict of suicide on Dangar.

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