A man charged with sexual offences relating to a child was found hanged on the day he was due in court.
Eduardo Vilarigues, 34, of Goldington Road, Bedford, was discovered dead in woods behind the town’s Tesco store in Cardington Road on the morning of Monday, January 5.
He had been summoned to appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court at 10am that day, charged with three counts of assault and three counts of rape on a child.
The case has since been discontinued.
An inquest into Mr Vilarigues’ death has been opened and adjourned and a full hearing is due to be held on March 19.