Akinmurele was a Nigerian born
barman, born in 1978 and living in Blackpoll, Lancashire.
23rd March 1999 he appeared before
magistrates in Blackpoll charged with killing three
people, Eric Boardman (77) his wife Joan (74), whose
bodies had been found in their house on 30th October 1998,
bodies being discovered by their daughter Marelyn.
Also, Jemimah Cargill (75) who had died in
a house fire that same month.
Two further charges that he murdered
Marjorie Ashton (72) and Dorothy Harris (68) on the Isle
of Man in 1995 & 1996 were adjourned until a later date.
He was due to re-appear to face the Isle of
Man charges on 16th April, and to plead at Preston Crown
court on 19th April for the three murders, but details are
unclear as to what happened at these hearings. The trial
had been set for September 1999, Stephen was remanded in
custody to Manchester prison, (formerly Strangeways).
The Isle of Man cases were dropped because
of a technicality, and three weeks before the trial in
Preston Akinmurele was found hanged in his prison cell in
Manchester. He was discovered hanging by a ligature tied
to window bars in his cell, he left a note to his mother
which said "I Couldn't take any more of feeling like how l
do now, always wanting to kill". An inquest into the
hanging heard that his girlfriend, Amanda Fitch, had
warned prison authorities that he could be a danger to
After his original arrest he had been
placed in a segregation unit, he tried to kill himself by
over-dosing on his medication. He was placed in the
prison's health care ward, on self harm watch, but staff
found he has a sharpened toothbrush, and he admitted to
thinking about trying to capture and kill a female member
of the staff.
He was moved back to segregation and two
days later was found hanged. In August 1999 Stephen
Akinmurele was found dead in his cell at HMP Manchester.
As this case never actually came to trial,
some of the details are unclear, and there are many