Yewtree suspect found dead

A former driver charged with sex offences as part of the investigation triggered by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile has been found dead at his London home. David Smith, 66, failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

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Scotland Yard on death of Yewtree suspect

Police attended a private address in Effingham Road, Lewisham on Monday 28 October as a man had failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court today.

At approx 1420 officers entered the address and found the body of a man. A FME (forensic medical examiner) attended and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Next of kin are being informed.

Whilst officers believe they know the identity of the deceased, they await confirmation of formal identification.

– Scotland Yard statement

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Yewtree suspect had failed to attend court appearance

Earlier today, David Smith failed to turn up at Southwark Crown Court for the start of his trial.

Smith's counsel Sandy Canavan said her solicitor had been attempting to contact Smith without success.

Former BBC driver David Smith, 66.
Former BBC driver David Smith, 66, was found dead at his home in south London. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Ms Canavan said: "He has been regularly in contact, I am concerned at the lack of contact. He is the sole carer for his very aged and very unwell mother, that may have affected why he's not here today."

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