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Wolverhampton couple found dead in car faced child sex charges

Cat and Kittens Lane, at the junction of Greenfield Lane Image copyright Google
Image caption Police were called to Cat and Kittens Lane in Bushbury, near the junction at Greenfield Lane

A couple found dead in a car were due to face child sex offence charges that day, a court said.

David and Cheyevette Cooke were discovered on Cat and Kittens Lane in Bushbury, Wolverhampton on 9 March.

He faced 12 charges including rape and sexual assault, while she allegedly caused a child to engage in sexual activity, said Cannock Magistrates Court.

Their deaths are not being treated as suspicious, said West Midlands Police.

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The pair, who lived on a narrowboat moored off Autherley Junction, Oxley Moor Road, Wolverhampton, were found dead on the date of their first hearing before Cannock Magistrates, the court said.

Mr Cooke, 41, faced three charges of rape, four of sexual assault, three of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two of assault. The alleged offences took place on various dates between July 2002 and May 2013.

Mrs Cooke, 46, was accused of two offences - assault, neglect or ill treatment of a child between 2002 and 2007 and causing a child to engage in sexual activity between 2008 and 2009.

When they did not turn up for the first hearing it was adjourned for "non-standard reasons", said Cannock Magistrates Court.

Their files were later changed to "defendant has died - withdrawn", it added.

A dog found alive in the car is being cared for, said police.

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