Court prepares to close case against man accused of stabbing schoolboys after he is found hanged in cell

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A MAN accused of trying to murder two schoolboys was found hanged in his cell, a court heard.

Richard Walsh, 43, of no fixed address, was due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court today.

But yesterday he was found dead in his cell at HMP Belmarsh, where he was on remand over the attacks on two schoolboys in Emsworth last month.

Stephen Parish, prosecuting, told the court: ‘Information has been received from Belmarsh prison to the effect that the defendant passed away at 11.06 yesterday, the 19th of July when he was found hanging in his cell.

‘The coroner has been notified, there’s no death certificate as yet.’

Judge Sarah Munro QC ordered the proceedings to be stayed when the court receives the death certificate.

Walsh was accused of stabbing two boys,aged 12 and 13, in Southleigh Road, Havant, on June 26.

He was also facing charges of assault and robbing a bicycle.

The two boys, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, were described as being in a serious but stable condition by police after the attacks.

The 13-year-old boy was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries and he received surgery to save his life.

The 12-year-old was taken by road ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and then moved to Southampton General Hospital.