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Jury sworn in for gay sex death trial

ON TRIAL ... Kirk Thompson arrives at Newcastle Crown Court, where he is accused of killing a man he was having sex with at his house.

ON TRIAL ... Kirk Thompson arrives at Newcastle Crown Court, where he is accused of killing a man he was having sex with at his house.

A JURY has been sworn in at the trial of a former government vet who is charged with killing a man he was having sex with at his Tyneside home.

Kirk Thompson, 45, denies the manslaughter of David Kochs, 43, which was alleged to have happened at his home in Dulverton Court, Jesmond, Newcastle, on March 2 last year.

The animal welfare adviser with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also denies charges of unlawful wounding and actual bodily harm on Mr Kochs, who was from Brisbane Court, Gateshead.

He was said to have suffered 44 injuries.

Mr Justice Globe told a panel of potential jurors at Newcastle Crown Court: “The place where he died was at Kirk Thompson’s home, which is an address in Dulverton Court in Jesmond, Newcastle, and the circumstances of the death lie in the background of David Koch’s visiting Kirk Thompson’s home in Jesmond, and the two men engaging in sexual activity together.”

After the jury members were sworn in the judge sent them away until 2pm tomorrow.

 
 
 

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