A builder has died in prison days before he was due stand trial for the alleged murder of his ‘beautiful and kind’ girlfriend.
Terence Papworth, 45, was charged with the murder of mother-of-one Amy-Leanne Stringfellow, 26, in June.
Ms Stringfellow, who served in Afghanistan, was found critically injured in Papworth’s home in Balby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on June 5 this year.
Emergency services battled to save the fitness trainer, but she was declared dead at the scene.
Papworth was charged with her murder two days later and was due to stand trial next week.
However, he was found dead in his cell at Armley Prison, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Sunday.
Terence Papworth (pictured left), 45, was charged with the murder of mum-of-one Amy-Leanne Stringfellow (pictured right), 26, in June and was due to stand trial later this month. He was found dead in his cell at Armley Prison, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Sunday
Papworth was found dead in his cell at Armley Prison (pictured), in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Sunday
Papworth had recently appeared in court via video link for a case management hearing and was due to stand trial on November 30 at Sheffield Crown Court.
The Ministry of Justice said: ‘Terence Papworth died in HMP Leeds on 22 November.
‘The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.’
Papworth and Ms Stringfellow, who has a young daughter, had been in a relationship since last October but they had not moved in together.
She had travelled the four miles from her home in Doncaster to see Papworth during lockdown.
After her death, South Yorkshire Police referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over prior contact they had with Ms Stringfellow.
Private Stringfellow enlisted in the Army in 2010 and completed assignments with 3rd Battalion the Rifles 3 RIFLES in Edinburgh and Chilwell.
She also served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012 as part of the Operation Herrick 16 deployment.
Amy-Leanne Stringfellow, 26, was found critically injured at a house in Doncaster in June. She died a short while later, despite efforts to save her
Papworth was charged with murder and appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court in June. He was due to stand trial on November 30
Amy had been promoted to Lance Corporal but was discharged before taking up the post.
The fitness fanatic rejoined as a Volunteer Reservist in 2017 and also worked as a personal trainer.