Mur­der sus­pect’s in­quest de­lay

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

The in­quest into the fa­tal shoot­ing of Wil­liam ‘Curly Bill’ Smith is be­ing held up by a de­layed In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion re­port.

The 36-year-old father-of­four, of Ten­ter­den Road, Gol­ford, was wanted for the mur­der of Roy Black­man.

The 73-year-old garage owner and bird breeder was bru­tally beaten to death and a safe con­tain­ing up to £250,000 in cash was stolen in March last year.

Smith was on the run when firearms of­fi­cers traced him to a shack in a Goud­hurst or­chard. Dur­ing a stand-off at the Smiths Lane plot on the even­ing of May 1, he was shot four times in the head and chest.

He was pro­nounced dead at the scene and two non-po­lice is­sue firearms – taken dur­ing an ear­lier ag­gra­vated bur­glary in Nor­thiam, which Smith had been charged with – were re­cov­ered.

In Septem­ber Mark Love, 38, and of Sta­ple­hurst, was sen­tenced at Maid­stone Crown Court to a min­i­mum of 28 years for Mr Black­man’s mur­der — which took place dur­ing a bur­glary at his Bid­den­den home – and the Nor­thiam raid.

An in­quest opened last May but can­not be re­sumed un­til the re­port is sent to the coro­ner.

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