Post mortem taking place on body of Yewtree accused

A post mortem examination is taking place on the body of David Smith who was charged with sex offences as part of the investigation triggered by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile.

The 66-year-old, who was the first person to be charged under Operation Yewtree, was found dead at his home by police after failing to turn up at Southwark Crown Court in London for the start of his trial yesterday.

David Smith was found dead at his home yesterday after failing to turn up at court. Credit: PA Wire

Judge Alistair McCreath today ordered that the file on the case should be closed, after hearing from Detective Constable Michael Wallace, the officer in the case who identified the body, that it was the same man as charged in the indictment.

Smith had faced two counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child, and one of buggery, all relating to a 12-year-old boy, between June 1 and July 21 1984.

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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 home, Scotland Yard said. David Smith, 66, failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.