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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, 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."