News by emailDonate


Prisoner charged with church murder bid found dead in cell
UK News

Prisoner charged with church murder bid found dead in cell

by Press Association

John Delahaye, aged 46, was pronounced dead at HMP Birmingham on Monday, a brief hearing at the city's Crown Court was told.

Delahaye was arrested on Sunday September 10 last year after a church elder and two other men suffered injuries during a service at the New Jerusalem Apostolic Church in Aston.

The trial of Delahaye, of Ettington Road, Aston, had been due to face trial at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday charged with attempted murder, making threats to kill, wounding, and two counts of possessing a bladed weapon.

During a brief court hearing which discontinued proceedings against Delahaye, prosecutor Phil Bradley QC told Judge Paul Farrer: "Your Honour will have seen the interim death certificate.

"The information I have from the officer in the case is that the defendant was discovered on Monday in his cell at about eight o'clock and he was deceased.

"In the circumstances we ask that the indictment be marked accordingly."

In a statement posted on the church's Facebook page shortly after the incident, officials said three members of its congregation had been injured but were recovering well.

The statement said: "We understand that the individual has unfortunately had a number of issues in the past and we do hope and pray that he receives the help he requires in this regard."

A day after the attack, members of the congregation held a service of fellowship and thanksgiving, attended by two of the three individuals who were injured.

A video message from the most seriously injured of the three victims was played to the service, which gave thanks for messages of support from around the world.

In a brief statement confirming Delahaye's next-of-kin had been informed, the director of HMP Birmingham, Rob Kellett said: "Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"As with any death in custody, this will be investigated by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman."

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.