Unconfirmed reports that he had died were circulating on social media yesterday evening.
I’d have liked to be able to say more about this but until I hear differently Tony McSweeney is still facing trial and comments regarding Stingemore might be prejudicial to that trial and in contempt of court.
I’m staggered that witnesses, including victims, were not informed of Stingemore’s death in the two days since his body was discovered and that they found out about this through the media. Many have had their lives turned upside down over the last two years and I’d have thought their interests should have been put first in this.
My thoughts are with all of John Stingemore’s victims at this time who must be very upset that the judicial system has robbed them of justice.
A former children’s home manager who was due to face trial for sex abuse charges has been found dead.
John Stingemore, 72, was found at his home in Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, on Wednesday.
Mr Stingemore was due to stand trial at Southwark Crown court over 12 charges, which included indecent assault. He had denied the charges.
Seven youngsters were allegedly abused at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hanworth in the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Stingemore had previously suffered a number of strokes and police were called to his home after concerns about his health.
Officers found him collapsed at the property and he was declared dead at the scene.
Sussex Police said his death was not suspicious. A post-mortem examination has yet to take place.
His co-defendant Father Tony McSweeney, 66, of Pease Pottage, West Sussex, pleaded not guilty to similar charges in November.
Both men were due to stand trial on 2 February.