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Man accused of child porn offences died on day of his trial

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

Nicholas Stout

Nicholas Stout

A man due to be tried for making indecent images of children died just minutes before appearing in court.

At a hearing in March, Nicholas Stout, 57, of Temeraire Road, Plymouth, denied seven counts of making indecent images of children between November 2006 and June 2010.

His trial was due to be heard at Plymouth Crown Court on Monday and prosecutors, defence barristers and witnesses were waiting. But it has emerged paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service had been called to a city centre car park at 9.09am after receiving reports a man had collapsed.

Police confirmed that the man, who has not yet been formally named, died at the scene, his death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.

A Plymouth Crown Court spokesman said Mr Stout's case had been adjourned and would be formally listed for mention at a later date for the case to be officially closed.

At his appearance at Plymouth Magistrates' Court, District judge Paul Farmer said that magistrates could deal with the case but Mr Stout instead elected for the matter to be heard at the Crown Court.

 
 

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