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Roger Millar - family statement following convictions

Former soldier Roger Millar Credit: Wiltshire Police

"The Millar family takes no gratification from the verdict that has come today as no verdict would ever be able to bring Roger back. However we do take satisfaction in the fact that the Justice system in our country works and works well as shown by the result today.

"The passing of Roger has left a large whole in the lives of everyone he came in contact with. Roger was the complete gentleman and has been described so, not only by the Millar family but colleagues that he worked with whilst serving his country with the Corps of the Royal Engineers

"We would like to thank Mr Lickley QC and the Crown Prosecution Service along with Detective Inspector Matthew Davey and the Major Crime Investigation Team from Wiltshire Police for all the hard work and dedication that they have shown throughout the whole of this case. "

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Man convicted of killing Roger Millar

Former soldier Roger Millar Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man's been found guilty of the manslaughter of a former soldier in Wiltshire. Roger Millar, 44, was found dying in the street from stab wounds in Swindon in June last year. Christopher Simmonds, 28, from London was today convicted at Bristol Crown Court.

Shelton Sibanda, 20, from Swindon, had pleaded guilty to his murder at a previous hearing. Three teenagers were cleared of the manslaughter of Mr Millar, a former soldier with the Royal Corps of Engineers.

After today's hearing Det Chief Insp Matt Davey of Wiltshire police said: "This case offers a stark reminder of the dangers of getting involved in the world of illegal drugs.

"The investigation quickly established that this incident started with an altercation between two groups over the illegal supply of drugs and although Shelton Sibanda pleaded guilty to murder, the jury were asked to decided to what extent a number of others participated."

Two more arrested after death of man from Swindon

Two more teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a man, found lying in a street in Swindon with stab wounds.

Officers were called to Barnum Court in Rodbourne on Wednesday morning.

44 year old Charles Millar, who was known as Roger, later died in hospital.

If you haven't yet spoken to us and feel you have information that might help, please contact us. Local officers will continue to knock on doors in the local area to make sure we have spoken to everyone

– Detective Inspector Matt Davey, Wiltshire police

Two men, both aged 18, were arrested after being stopped by officers near the scene. The pair remain in custody.

Last night two more teenagers aged 17 and 19 were arrested at a property in Rose Street, Swindon.