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Murderer Graham Birchwood dies in HMP Wayland, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 12:37 24 September 2019

The inquest was held at Norfolk Coroner's Court. Picture: David Bale

The inquest was held at Norfolk Coroner's Court. Picture: David Bale

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An inquest has opened into the death of a man who was serving time for murder at HMP Wayland.

Graham Birchwood, 65, died of natural causes at HMP Wayland in Griston, Thetford on September 9.

In 2009 the former businessman from Surrey was jailed for 32 years for the murder of his ex-wife, Sharon Birchwood.

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At the time of his conviction, a court heard how Birchwood had hired another man to kill his wife in a contract killing in order to inherit his ex-wife's property.

Birchwood had his sentence reduced to 29 years in 2011.

At an inquest opening into Birchwood's death, held at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich on Tuesday, the court heard he had been born in London in 1953.

Birchwood's cause of death was given as 1A heart disease with 1B type one diabetes.

The inquest has been adjourned for a pre-inquest review hearing at Norfolk Coroner's Court, Carrow House, on February 21, 2020.

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