Murder suspect Rimvydas Liorancas, who was accused of killing Birmingham couple Avtar and Carole Kolar, had previously carried out building work on the couple’s home.
Lithuanian national Liorancas was found hanged on Saturday at Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes, where he had been held since being charged with the brutal double murder.
The death of the 37-year-old, formerly of Booth Street, Winson Green, came 12 days after his arrest.
Today, it was revealed that Liorancas had been picking up casual building work with a group of other Lithuanians before his arrest.
And sources claim he had once worked at the Handsworth Wood home of Avtar and Carole, who were found battered to death on January 11.
It has also emerged that Liorancas was a runaway father who was wanted by Lithuanian authorities over unpaid child maintenance.
He was also convicted seven months ago of drink driving in Jurbarkas, a small region in western Lithuania, after being caught two-and-a-half times over the limit.
At the time of the murders, Liorancas was on a “residence unknown” Lithuanian Government list, and was being chased for child support cash.
He was wanted by the authorities over an unpaid 4,000 Lithuanian Lita (£1,000) drink drive fine, nearly two months’ salary for the average Lithuanian.
It is still unclear how the murder suspect entered the UK, or what his visa status was.
A spokesman for the Lithuanian Embassy in London declined to comment on the case.
The bodies of Avtar, aged 62, and his wife Carole, 58, were discovered inside their Friary Road home by their son Jason – a detective with West Midlands Police – three weeks ago, following concerns that they could not be contacted.
Post-mortem examinations confirmed they both died after being repeatedly struck over the head with a blunt instrument.
Detectives later revealed that the murder weapon was a lump hammer that had been recovered at the scene.
Neighbours confirmed that the Kolars, who had recently become grandparents again, had not long had building work carried out on their home.