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Thomas Orchard death: Trial date set for officers accused of manslaughter

Left to right, Jan Kingshott, Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley
Image caption Sgt Jan Kingshott, and civilian detention officers Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley deny manslaughter

A police sergeant and two detention officers accused of killing a man who died after being restrained, will face trial next year, a court has heard.

Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital after being arrested and taken to a police station in Exeter in 2012.

Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 38, and Michael Marsden, 55, each deny two charges of manslaughter.

A trial date has been set for January 2017.

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The first charge alleges they carried out an act or series of acts which unlawfully killed Mr Orchard, while the second accuses them of unlawfully killing him by gross negligence.

During a directions hearing at Bristol Crown Court, Judge Neil Ford QC set a provisional trial date of 11 January 2017.

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Image caption Thomas Orchard died after being arrested in Exeter

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