A Former BBC employee, who has been accused of child abuse, is found dead on a day he was due to appear in court.
David Smith, who was the driver of disgraced BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, was found dead at his home in Effingham Road, Lewisham, on the same day that he was supposed to appear at Southwark Crown Court over sex offences against a 12-year-old boy in mid 80s. "At approximately 14:20 officers entered the address and found the body of a man. A forensic medical examiner attended and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Next of kin are being informed, “Scotland Yard said. The cause of Smith’s death is not yet known. Smith was the first person to be charged as part of the Operation Yewtree investigation, which was set up after hundreds of allegations of abuse against Savile emerged following his death in 2011. The 66-year-old driver was charged with two counts of indecent assault, two of indecency and one of a serious sexual offence as part of the probe. An earlier report by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), branded Jimmy Savile as one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators after it emerged that some 214 crimes, including rape and sexual abuse, was committed by the presenter. Several high-profile figures have so far been arrested over the inquiry into indecent abuses surrounding the British entertainment industry, including TV presenter Rolf Harris, singer Gary Glitter, radio presenter Stuart Hall, former TV producer Wilfred De'Ath and comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson.