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NOT GUILTY: Finchampstead Man cleared of Gee Smith murder charge

Stabbing Dart Close
Police investigate fatal stabbing in Dart Close, Finchampstead. Stabbing took place just before midnight on Friday, November 24 into Saturday, November 25.

A FINCHAMPSTEAD man has been found not guilty of murder during a hearing at Reading Crown Court.

On Friday, June 8, Anthony Wheaton, 25 and of Dart Close, was found not guilty of one count of murder and was acquitted.

He was also found not guilty of an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The trial was in connection with an incident at Dart Close, Finchampstead on Friday 24 November in which 29-year-old Gerald (known as Gee) Smith, died.

Wheaton was arrested on November 25 last year, and charged with one count of murder.

Thames Valley Police said that he had been acquitted of one count of murder and one count of manslaughter.

However, on Monday, May 21, Wheaton pleaded guilty to one count of driving while disqualified.

Police said that the charge related to an incident where Wheaton drove a vehicle on Saturday, November 25 without a valid licence.

He was given a two-month prison sentence at the same hearing. As his time already been served while on remand he was released, however Wheaton was banned from driving two years.

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