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Trial adjourned after alleged victim found dead
10:50am Wednesday 25th April 2007 in Crime News
A COURT case was adjourned yesterday after the body of the alleged victim was found in a river.
Teesside Crown Court was due to hear the case of Darren Gricewith, who is accused of making threats to kill and causing grievous bodily harm to Dean Finlay.
But the court was told how the body of a man was found in the River Foss, in York, on Monday.
Judge Les Spittle said yesterday: "The implications of this will be looked at thoroughly."
The body was yesterday confirmed to be that of Mr Findlay, 35, who was reported missing from his home ten days ago.
Mr Findlay, from Sutton-on-the-Forest, was last seen alive on April 13.
A post-mortem examination indicated there are no suspicious circumstances and an inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned.
However, police still want to trace Mr Findlay's final movements.
He was known to have been in the Victoria Vaults pub, in Nunnery Lane, York, between 7.30pm and 8.45pm on April 13.
He was with a group of four or five men, possibly friends, but so far the men have not been traced or identified.
Mr Findlay may have visited other pubs during the evening, including the Ha-Ha Bar, in New Street, and Fibbers Bar, in Stonebow.
Detective Inspector Ian Dyer said: "While this is not a criminal investigation, for the family's peace of mind, it is still vitally important that we establish what has happened."
Mr Findlay was 5ft 11in, with curly, dark brown collar-length hair. He was wearing blue jeans, black shirt, a red top with white stripes on the sleeves and the number 32 on the front, and blue trainers.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact York police on 0845-60-60-247.
Mr Gricewith, 34, of Cedar Place, Easingwold, York, will be back before the court in four weeks.
He is charged with damaging property and causing grievous bodily harm on December 16, last year, and he also faces a charge of making threats to kill on January 8, this year. He was released on bail.