Man charged with murdering partner who went missing from their farmhouse found dead in prison cell


Man, 56, charged with murdering his partner, 58, who had gone missing from their £850,000 farmhouse is found dead in his prison cell

  • Stuart Williamson was accused of killing Diane Douglas in December 2018 
  • Her family reported her missing in October 2021 as police launched probe
  • Norfolk Police say Williamson’s death is not being treated as suspicious 


Diane Douglas (pictured) went missing in December 2018

Diane Douglas (pictured) went missing in December 2018

A man who was charged with murdering his partner who went missing from their farmhouse has been found dead in his prison cell. 

Stuart Williamson, 56, was accused of killing Diane Douglas between December 1 and December 31 2018, when she would have been aged 55 or 56.

Ms Douglas, from Colton, a village west of Norwich, was reported missing by family members from her £850,000 farmhouse on October 21 last year.

Norfolk Police launched a ‘no-body’ murder investigation after inquiries found Ms Douglas had not been seen for a ‘significant period’.

The force said Ms Douglas’s remains were found in the garden of a house in Barford Road, Colton, on November 2.

A Home Office post-mortem examination established the provisional cause of death as unascertained due to the state of decomposition, with further examination to be carried out.

Williamson had been arrested in Wales on October 30 and was later charged with murder.

Ms Douglas, from Colton, a village west of Norwich, was reported missing by family members from her £850,000 farmhouse (pictured) on October 21 last year

Ms Douglas, from Colton, a village west of Norwich, was reported missing by family members from her £850,000 farmhouse (pictured) on October 21 last year

Norfolk Police said his death was not being as suspicious, but gave no indication of his medical cause of death. Pictured: police at the scene

Norfolk Police said his death was not being as suspicious, but gave no indication of his medical cause of death. Pictured: police at the scene

He had yet to enter a plea to the charge and was remanded in custody, facing a trial at Norwich Crown Court in April.

Norfolk Police said on Friday that Williamson was found dead in his prison cell at HMP Norwich at around 5pm on December 29.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Norfolk Police said his death was not being as suspicious, but gave no indication of his medical cause of death.

A hearing is due to take place at Norwich Crown Court on February 8.

Police said a file will be prepared on behalf of the coroner.

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