Samantha Eastwood murder accused ‘battered in prison’ after suspect of killing midwife


Suspect Michael Stirling was attacked at Dovegate jail, Staffordshire, on Tuesday, according to report

The man accused of murdering midwife Samantha Eastwood has reportedly been beaten up in his prison cell.

Th alleged attack by another inmate came just hours before suspect Michael Stirling faced court over the death of the missing 28-year-old.

The 32-year-old murder suspect, who is Samantha’s ex-fiance’s brother in law, is being held on remand at Dovegate jail in Staffordshire.

Sources told the Sun that Stirling suffered cuts and bruises and was left “on his knees” in the attack on Tuesday.

Stirling has now been moved to another part of the jail, according to reports.

Tonight, the Ministry of Justice refused to comment on the claims.

She was found eight days after she went missing on her home from work at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Details of how Samantha was discovered emerged as Stirling appeared in court charged with her murder.

He appeared via video-link at Stafford Crown Court today during a 20 minute preliminary hearing.

The court was told how Samantha’s body was discovered in shallow grave, wrapped in a duvet cover and with tape around her eyes and face.

A post-mortem exam had found Samantha had no stab or gunshot wounds – but her “neck structure” was still being examined.

Former gardener Stirling, wearing a grey t-shirt, bottoms and a hi-vis vest with the letters VL printed on, was not asked to enter a plea.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and nationality.

It could take up to six months to determine how the midwife died.

Stirling – who married wife Katie who is the sister of Samantha’s ex John Peake, 34 – was charged with murder on Sunday.

Samantha and John had been due to marry in June but the wedding was called off in January and she put her wedding dress up for sale on Facebook.

Stirling will next appear at Northampton Crown Court on October 5.