A British murderer, who was found guilty of killing his sex-swap wife, died after he was diagnosed with throat cancer while serving his jail term in Turkey.
Christopher Collier, from Staffordshire, was pronounced dead seven years into the 24-year jail sentence he was serving for the murder of his Russian wife, Julia.
The Brit, who killed his wife 'in a rage' at their home on the Aegan coast in Turkey, died on October 5th, 2019.
An inquest heard Collier’s heavy smoking was believed to be the cause of his throat cancer, which saw his health deteriorate rapidly.
Assistant coroner Margaret Jones, who insisted an inquest into Collier’s death was necessary on the basis that he was a serving prisoner, concluded he died from natural causes.
She said: “Chris had been a heavy smoker. He became unwell while in prison. He was taken to hospital. He later died in hospital.”
The Brit, who was told his condition was terminal, was convicted of bludgeoning and suffocating his sex-swap wife Julia in a rage at the couple’s apartment on the Aegean coast of Turkey, on November 27, 2010.
During his trial, the court heard Collier had knocked his wife unconscious with a hard object before smothering her.
The court ordered the murderer to spend a minimum sentence of two decades in jail after he was found guilty for the death of his wife.
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The expat was one of the first salesmen employed by tycoon John Caudwell at the time he was setting up his multi-billion pound phone business, Phones4U, which was later sold in 2006.
Speaking at the time of Julia’s death, Mr Caudwell said: “Chris was one of my first salesman when I was starting out, so I remember him well. He was a good salesman and became a sales manager.
“It is shocking to hear he has been arrested for murder. It’s shocking to hear about any murder.”
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