Man found dead before he could be asked about death of webcam girl in sex role play

Jerome Dangar did not call for help as he watched camgirl and caregiver Hope Barden die of asphyxiation in risky online sex session he paid her to participate in

Hope Barden died during an online session

A pub owner died in his jail cell before police could question him about the death of a caregiver who also worked as a cam-girl.

Jerome Dangar was under investigation for manslaughter after Hope Barden died of asphyxiation.

The online sex worker was in a bondage session at her home in Staffordshire when she died, Stoke Sentinel reported.

Dangar, who had paid the 21-year-old to participate in the risky activity, did not call for help although she could see she was in distress.

The 45-year-old man died in his prison cell at Dartmoor Prison in April 2019 after being locked up for possession of extreme pornography.

In addition to the auto-erotic choke, Dangar was very interested in snuff videos that showed people dying, an investigative jury in Exeter, Devon has said.

Jérôme Dangar was found dead in his prison cell


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Dangar stored prescription drugs, propranolol, a drug used to treat anxiety, in his cell before he was found dead, an Interior Ministry pathologist said.

The Exeter Coroner Court jury heard that Dangar had been remanded in custody at HMP Exeter before being jailed in January 2019 at Truro Crown Court for 15 months.

He had admitted nine charges of possession of extreme pornography of acts endangering a person’s life and endangering their genitals.

Judge Simon Carr said the 47 images and videos included “the deliberate torture of people who are clearly alive at the start and appear dead by the end.”

He told Dangar, who ran a pub in Tintagel, Cornwall, “these offenses are in my opinion the worst of their kind.”

The judge said that a pathologist had reviewed the videos and believed that “at least three of those tortured died by the end.”

Prosecutor Philip Lee said the footage showed “concern with strangulation, stabbing, torture, suffocation and death.”

Devon Chief Coroner Philip Spinney told the jury that Dangar was transferred to Dartmoor days after being jailed at Truro Crown Court.

A day before he was found dead he learned he was going to be questioned again by Staffordshire Police regarding the manslaughter of Hope, who was found dead at his home in Burton-upon-Trent on March 15 2018.

He owned the arms of King Arthur in Tintagel


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The coroner said Dangar was prescribed medication for anxiety and was allowed to keep the pills in his cell.

Dangar wrote letters about the suicide but told his parents that he “didn’t have the bottle to hang himself on.”

Home Office pathologist Dr Deborah Cook said Dangar had extremely high levels of propranolol in his blood and urine.

He also had sertraline in his system, but she said it did not cause his death and was not within a lethal range.

During Hope’s investigation, a finding of unlawful murder was recorded.

A coroner has heard that Dangar was a depraved “snuff movie” fan who left her to die after seeing her suffocate on a live sex webcam.

It was said that she was paid to perform “degrading and dangerous” acts by Dangar after meeting her on an adult website where she was earning money to supplement her salary as a caregiver.

Dangar paid £ 2,300 over three months to watch it and then police found videos of the abuse at his home.

The Exeter inquest jury recorded a finding of suicide on Dangar after an eight-day inquest in Exeter’s Coroner’s Court.

Following Hope’s investigation, her mother Katie released a statement through Staffordshire Police.

She said: “Hope was a beautiful and intelligent young woman. She had obtained her basic diploma in adolescent mental health and had recently returned from working in Norway.

Hope had a paid job in the Burton area as a caregiver for people with learning disabilities. Hope had made extra money working in the online adult film industry.

“Unregulated, this industry serves no one except those who wish to commit violence against women.

“Hope became the subject of interest of a regular user of the site who paid her to perform sexual acts via the Internet, which, over the course of three months of contact, degenerated into degrading and dangerous situations.

“We are deeply disappointed that this case can no longer do Hope justice. If this had been taken to court it would be a landmark case, the first of its kind in the UK.

“As it stands we will release our report and findings to all UK police forces in the hope that should a dreadful situation like this occur again there is a record of how we have approached such a sensitive and difficult question.

“Anyone with daughters or other family members involved in this terrible industry should be aware of the risk of harm.

“A duty of care exists in any relationship. If someone is clearly in danger, we have a legal obligation to take action to help.

“In this tragic case, Hope was left behind. Hope’s family and friends were devastated.”

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