Rape accused dies on day of trial

It has been revealed a man accused of rape has died in custody on the day of his trial.

Darmararham Jayakanthan, 41, of Sowden Road, Chellow Grange, Bradford, was due to appear for a hearing at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (10 January).

Charges he was facing include six allegations of rape as well as six of oral rape, dating from March 2013 to September 2018. Some of the charges related to a girl under the age of 13.

However, the court heard that the defendant had been found dead at Doncaster prison on the morning of the hearing.

No details were provided in court as to how Mr Jayakanthan had died.

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