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New Forest man accused of attempted murder is found dead

The judge formally closed proceedings at Salisbury Crown Court
The judge formally closed proceedings at Salisbury Crown Court

THE trial of a Sway man accused of attempted murder collapsed this morning (Tuesday) after it emerged he died at the weekend.

The body of Peter Tillman (73), was found at his village home at the weekend, Salisbury Crown Court heard. No details were given in open court about the body find – but the A&T understands he was discovered hanged.

DS Steve Norridge told the court he had been notified by Hampshire police colleagues on Saturday evening of a sudden death.

It had been reported to the county’s coroner’s office and a post-mortem will take place in the coming days.

Judge Susan Evans said it was “very unfortunate” and formally closed proceedings, adding the court wanted to “extend its sympathies” to Mr Tillman’s family.

Mr Tillman, who had given his address as Manchester Road, Sway, had denied two offences – of attempted murder and dangerous driving – which were alleged to have happened on August 20th, 2019. He spent a year in custody before being released in August 2020.

As reported in the A&T, there was a collision on that date between a Jaguar car driven by Mr Tillman and a Mini on the A337 between Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst.

A female passenger in the Jaguar and the woman driver of the Mini both suffered minor injuries.

A spokesperson from Hampshire police said: "We were called at 4.34pm on Saturday 3rd April after a body of a 73-year-old man was found at a property in Manchester Road, Sway.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

On Companies House, Mr Tillman’s occupation was listed as director of Venues Etc, a business and domestic software development firm.

He was previously a director of software consultancy firm Venuebase Software.

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