Case of Northants Police officer Otis Goldsmith accused of murder to be moved outside the county

Otis Goldsmith has been remanded in custody after appearing at Northampton Crown Court via video link
Otis Goldsmith has been remanded in custody after appearing at Northampton Crown Court via video link

A court case of a Northamptonshire Police officer accused of murdering his wife, is likely to be heard out of the county.

Detective Constable Adrian ‘Otis’ Goldsmith, aged 49, appeared at Northampton Crown Court via video link today after being arrested at his home address in Wootton Hall Park last Thursday.

Scene of the alleged murder of Jill Goldsmith

Scene of the alleged murder of Jill Goldsmith

The victim of the alleged murder was Mr Goldsmith’s wife, Jill, aged 49.

A post mortem examination concluded that Mrs Goldsmith died as a result of a head injury.

At Northampton Crown Court today, Richard Mandel, prosecuting, made an application for the case to be transferred out of the county as he said Goldsmith was a “very well known police officer in Northamptonshire”.

Judge Rupert Mayo agreed that it would be “undesirable” for the case to remain in the county and stated the case would have to be tried by a High Court judge, so moving it out of the county would also speed up the process.

Crown Court GV'

Crown Court GV'

The case could be heard in Birmingham or Nottingham Crown Courts.

Stephen Evans, defending, said his client did not wish to plea and he made no application for bail.

A plea and case management hearing will take place in July. Goldsmith was remanded in custody, the time limit for which expires on September 26.