A former driver charged with sex offences as part of the investigation triggered by allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile has been found dead.
David Smith, 66, was the first person to be charged by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree investigation.
He had pleaded not guilty in July to two counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency on a child following his arrest in December.
But he failed to turn up at Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday for the start of his trial, prompting police to go to his home in Effingham Road, Lewisham.
Scotland Yard said: “At approximately 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.”
Smith’s barrister, Sandy Canavan, had told the court she was “concerned” that her solicitor had been unable to contact him ahead of the trial as she had regularly been in touch with him.
She told the court Smith was the sole carer for his elderly mother.
Police have separated the Yewtree investigation into three parts, the first concerned with the actions of Savile, while the second concerns allegations against what has become known as ‘Savile and others’.
Mr Smith was investigated under the third strand, concerning accusations of sexual abuse unconnected to Savile but made by people who came forward following publicity surrounding the Savile allegations.
I wonder what he was going to say at his trial?? I guess we’ll never know now, will we? Point and case.