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Katie Simpson murder trial brought to a halt after accused – Jonathan Creswell – found dead

Jonathan Creswell

The horse-trainer who went on trial yesterday (Tuesday) accused of raping and murdering Co Armagh woman, Katie Simpson, has been found dead, Coleraine Crown Court heard this morning.

Prosecuting counsel Sam Magee KC told the court “Jonathan Creswell was found deceased at his home this morning”.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Gibson was called to the witness box and advised he had received information that, “at 9am this morning police in Derry confirmed a male had been found deceased. Life was pronounced extinct 20 minutes later and a family member confirmed it was Mr Jonathan Creswell”.

The death is not suspicious and the coroner has been informed.

Judge Neil Rafferty KC addressed the jury stating under these circumstances, they are discharged as the trial process in terms of Creswell has concluded.

Meanwhile, sentencing against the three co-accused women, who pleaded guilty before Creswell’s trial began, will now be brought forward.

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