11:45 Wednesday 20 November 2013

Littleport dad, 42, found dead in prison cell

Written byJORDAN DAY

Stuart Baumber Stuart Baumber

A dad was found dead in a prison cell less than two days after he admitted setting fire to his own home.

An investigation has been launched after Stuart Baumber, 42, was found dead in his cell at HMP Peterborough.

Father-of-one Mr Baumber, of Black Horse Drove, Littleport, was arrested last month after he set fire to his home.

He was charged with arson, reckless as to whether life was endangered, and pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court last Wednesday.

He was remanded in custody until sentencing and in the early hours of Friday, Mr Baumber was found dead in his prison cell.

The Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will now investigate his death.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “HMP Peterborough prisoner Stuart Baumber was found unresponsive in his cell at 4.20am on Friday, November 15.

“Prison staff attempted CPR and paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at 4.47am.

“As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”

Mr Baumber, a keen photographer and long distance runner, leaves his wife, Sarah, and a young daughter.

Firefighters were called to his home in Black Horse Drove around 10.45am on Monday, October 28, after receiving reports that a man had set fire to the house and was still inside.

One fire crew from Ely and another fire crew from Littleport extinguished the flames and treated Mr Baumber for smoke inhalation.

He was later arrested and charged.

A spokesman for Cambridge Crown Court confirmed that Mr Baumber attended court on Wednesday, November 13 and that he pleaded guilty to the charge of arson.

He added: “The case was adjourned to January 13 for sentencing and the defendant was remanded in custody.”

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