Man charged with stabbing schoolboys found dead in cell

The scene in Southleigh Road, Havant, where a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were stabbed by a man in June. Picture: Sarah Standing (151119-6316)
The scene in Southleigh Road, Havant, where a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were stabbed by a man in June. Picture: Sarah Standing (151119-6316)

A homeless man who was facing trial for the attempted murder of two schoolboys has been found dead in his prison cell.

Richard Walsh, 43, was accused of stabbing the two children, aged 12 and 13, in a street in Havant, last month.

He appeared in court last month and was remanded in custody to Belmarsh Prison in south-east London.

Jail staff found Walsh unresponsive in his cell yesterday morning (July 19).

Staff and paramedics battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead.

A prison service spokeswoman said: “HMP Belmarsh prisoner Richard Walsh was found unresponsive in his cell on Sunday, July. Staff attempted CPR but paramedics pronounced him dead at 11.07am.

“As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.’

Walsh, who was also charged with assault and robbing a bicycle, had been due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court today (July 20).