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Man accused of murdering midwife Samantha Eastwood ‘is battered and left cowering in his jail cell after being attacked while on remand’

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 08/08/2018 Sebastian Murphy-Bates

The man suspected of murdering midwife Samantha Eastwood was left 'on his knees' after being attacked in jail. The man suspected of murdering midwife Samantha Eastwood was left 'on his knees' after being attacked in jail. The man suspected of murdering midwife Samantha Eastwood was left 'on his knees' after being attacked in jail.

Michael Stirling was reportedly cowering just hours before his court hearing over the killing.

The 32-year-old was battered at Dovegate jail in Staffordshire on Tuesday in what a source claimed 'was a proper beating' that resulted in him being moved to another part of the prison.

Related: Brother-in-law of midwife's ex-fiance in court charged with murder (Press Association)

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'He came into the jail after his arrest and was terrified,' the source told The Sun. 'A prisoner came to his cell and attacked him.' 

a group of people standing in the grass: Colleagues mourn the loss of Samantha Eastwood as tributes line the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-On-Trent © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Colleagues mourn the loss of Samantha Eastwood as tributes line the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-On-Trent The brother-in-law of Samantha's ex-fiance was left cut and bruised after the confrontation.

Yesterday he appeared at Stafford crown court via video link wearing prison clothing.

He confirmed his name and age as well as his nationality as a provisional trial date was set for February 4 2019.  

Riff Raff et al. posing for the camera: Samantha was allegedly murdered by Stirling, who is the brother-in law of her ex-fiancé John Peake (together left) and married to Mr Peake's sister Katie Stirling (together right) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Samantha was allegedly murdered by Stirling, who is the brother-in law of her ex-fiancé John Peake (together left) and married to Mr Peake's sister Katie Stirling (together right) Mr Stirling was arrested after the midwife's body was discovered eight days after her disappearance. 

She went missing after leaving the night shift at Royal Stoke University Hospital where she worked.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Stirling, 32, (pictured on his wedding day) was initially arrested on suspicion of kidnap before being re-arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Stirling, 32, (pictured on his wedding day) was initially arrested on suspicion of kidnap before being re-arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday Her corpse was found in a shallow grave with the face and eyes taped with masking tape, court heard.  

a person with collar shirt: Court sketch of Michael Stirling © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Court sketch of Michael Stirling The body was wrapped in a single duvet before it was left in a lane in Stoke that is now the site of floral tributes to the midwife.

It will take six months to determine the official cause of death but officials say there is no reason to believe she was shot or stabbed. 

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