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Man who strangled his girlfriend dies in jail after choking on plastic-wrapped chicken sandwich

By Mason White 10:20 AM October 2, 2017
Blair Dalton and Lance Pearce
Blair Dalton and Lance Pearce
By: Alexis Bell

A young child was left orphaned after his mother was killed and his father choked to death just days apart.

Lance Pearce, 34, of Australia, has been together with Blair Dalton, 35, for two years, and the two had a child together.

One day, when he came to visit his child at his ex-girlfriend’s Ettalong Beach home, Pearce beat and strangled the mother in what police called a domestic violence attack.

Dalton was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. She was removed from life support two days later.

Meanwhile, Pearce was being held at the maximum security Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre in Sydney, on charges of murder.

Just 72 hours after he was jailed, a prison guard who was doing a routine check, found Pearce dead inside his jail cell.

Pearce had been placed on suicide watch and was stripped of all belongings that could be used as a weapon to kill himself.

The initial investigation found that Pearce choked while eating his chicken sandwich along with its plastic wrapper.

Police are investigating whether the death was a suicide or accidental.

Pearce leaves behind the young son he had with Dalton, and three children from a previous relationship.