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Horse trainer accused of rape and murder found dead at home

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April 25, 2024

A horse trainer who was accused of the murder and rape of a showjumper he was in an “illicit relationship” with has been found dead before the second day of his trial was set to begin.

Jonathan Creswell, 36, had denied the murder and rape of Katie Simpson, 21, who died at the home he shared with Ms Simpson’s sister in Gortnessy Meadows, Lettershandoney, Northern Ireland on Aug 3 2020.

Creswell is reported to have lived there with Ms Simpson’s sister Christina Simpson, with whom he had been in a long-term relationship.

Londonderry Crown Court sitting in Coleraine was told he had become jealous after Katie entered a relationship with someone else.

The pair were said by prosecutors to have met while he was a jockey at Darton Ree Stables in Tynan, Co Armagh.

Prosecutors had said he had tried to claim she died from suicide before claiming he had discovered the body.

On Wednesday morning, jurors were told Creswell “was found deceased at his home this morning”. He was on bail.

A police officer told the jury a man had been found dead at around 9am on Wednesday morning and that his identity had been confirmed by a family member.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious and the coroner has been notified.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman said: “Police attended the sudden death of a man at an address in the Waterside area of Londonderry this morning. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Two women are accused of perverting the course of justice in relation to the case while a third woman faces a charge of withholding information and they will be sentenced next month, the BBC reported.

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