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Suspect used timer to give fatal shock.

A MAN suspected of rape electrocuted himself by wrapping his body in wires and connecting them to the mains supply, an inquest heard.

Former sailor Peter Levy, 53, plugged the cables into a timer switch and lay on his bed to wait for the fatal surge of 240 volts to kick in.

He was found dead by his landlady with the wires wrapped round his neck, taped under his arm pits and meeting on his chest. PC Antony MacAlinden, the investigating officer, told the Swansea and Gower coroner Richard Morgan how Levy had been arrested a month earlier on suspicion of a rape committed 21 years ago.

A search of his rented rooms at Bethel Street, Llansamlet, Swansea, also revealed firearms but he was released on bail pending further inquiries by detectives.

The night before his death he asked his landlady to sign a living will.

The inquest heard how Levy was born Peter Morton James in Stockport but later changed his name and moved to Swansea after befriending landlady Betty Steward.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide. Mr Levy was divorced from his wife Janet. He died on June 11. She remains in their home town of Stockport with their 11-year-old son and did not attend the inquest.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 14, 2002
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