Cirencester man found dead while awaiting drugs supply trial

A 35-year-old Cirencester man, who was due to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on drugs supply charges, has died, the judge announced.

Recorder Sarah Regan told advocates at court that the man died on February 10.

At Cheltenham Magistrates Court on January 15, the man admitted possession of 1.219 grams of cocaine on January 30, 2019.

He had pleaded not guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and diamorphine (heroin) in Cirencester between January 1-31 last year.

The magistrates directed trial by jury on the supply charges and granted the man unconditional bail pending his first appearance at the crown court today (Monday).

However, when the case was called on in the crown courtroom, there was no defendant in the dock and an investigation was carried out by court staff.

The judge adjourned the hearing so that formal evidence of the death could be presented to the court in order that the charges could be stayed.

The Gloucestershire coroner opened an inquest on February 22 and adjourned it to a date to be fixed.

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