Jimmy Savile: After 10 Months Of Waiting For His Trial David Smith Is Dead
WHAT do we make of the death of David Smith? He was Jimmy Savile’s chauffeur. Not his only one. Just one of them. Mr Smith’s other claim to fame is that his was the honour of being the first person charged with sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree. He was arrested in December 2012.
But he never will get his trial. Back in July he pleased not guilty to two counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency on a child. Yesterday, he was due to appear at Southwark Crown Court. But he never left his home in Effingham Road, Lewisham.
Says Scotland Yard:
“At approximately 14:20 officers entered the address and found the body of a man. A FME (forensic medical examiner) attended and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Next of kin are being informed.”
Those are the facts.
The Sun, however, says he was 67. Sky News says he was 66. The Sun adds:
Smith was registered as a full-time carer for his 95-year-old mother, who was not in the flat at the time. She was being told of his death last night.
The Sun says he was a “former BBC chauffeur”, getting a dig in at the State’s corporation. Then it adds:
A source told The Sun he was not believed to be currently on the BBC payroll but that he had driven celebrities for the Corporation.
What does suicide tell us? A study found:
.. suicide attempts were rarely the result of impulsivity, a cry for help, or an effort to solve a financial or practical problem. Of all motivations for suicide, the two found to be universal in all participants were hopelessness and overwhelming emotional pain. The study also finds that suicide attempts influenced by social factors — such as efforts to elicit help or influence others — generally exhibited a less pronounced intent to die, and were carried out with a greater chance of rescue. In contrast, suicide attempts motivated by internal factors — such as hopelessness and unbearable pain — were performed with the greatest desire to die.
We don’t know about Mr Smith’s innocence or guilty. We do know that the case against him took 10 months to reach court. That’s a long time to have a charge hanging over your head…