Charles Bronson tells inquest he’d have hunted down ‘scumbag’ who gave ex-wife drugs that killed her


Prisoner Charles Bronson had to be warned to improve his behaviour after he made inappropriate comments at his late wife’s inquest.

Bronson, known as Charles Salvador, appeared at the hearing into former Coronation Street actress Paula Williamson’s death via a video-link from jail.

When asked if he had any questions during the hearing, Bronson made comments criticising Peter Jones, who was Paula’s partner at the time of her death.

He was warned by area coroner Emma Serrano that she would not tolerate ‘veiled threats’ or name calling during the hearing.

Later in the hearing – again when given his right to ask questions as Paula’s legal next-of-kin – Bronson also criticised the police, saying: “I would like to know why the police haven’t investigated who the scumbag is who gave her the drugs in the first place.”

He added: “If I was out there I would have their name and address in 24 hours – and I still will find out when I get out there.”

He told the detective who was giving evidence: “I don’t think the police have been too clever on this one.”

Paula and Bronson, who is serving a life term,  became pen pals in 2013 before tying the knot four years later.

Their relationship later ended and the marriage was set to be annulled when she died at the age of just 38.

The inquest heard Paula, who was officially known as Paula Salvador, was found dead by Mr Jones at her home in Sneyd Green on July 29, 2019.

Paula Williamson, left, Charles Bronson, right

Mr Jones said Paula had gone to bed at around 1am and Mr Jones slept on the sofa. He went up to their room at 6.40am and found her unresponsive.

Paramedics were called and confirmed Paula had passed away. 

DC Phil Pegg, from Staffordshire Police, said an investigation into Paula’s death found there were no suspicious circumstances.

A toxicology report stated former Holden Lane High School pupil Paula had a number of substances in her blood. These included therapeutic levels of several types of medication, plus cocaine and alcohol. The report concluded that the cumulative effect of these substances could have had a fatal effect, and the cause of death was recorded as multiple death toxicity.

Area coroner Emma Serrano said she did not believe Paula had any intention to cause her own death.

Concluding that Paula’s death was drug-related, Ms Serrano added: “Paula had been taking substances. She did not realise the consequence of those substances all working together would cause her to pass away.”





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