Body found on Seaton beach identified

PUBLISHED: 08:52 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 15 June 2017

Stewart Allsford

Stewart Allsford


Police confirm victim was 66-year-old who had been accused of child sex offences

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Police have confirmed that the body found on a beach near Seaton on Saturday June 10 was that of a Morman elder who was accused of abusing two children.

Stewart Allsford, 66, from Paignton, is thought to have killed himself after going missing half way through his trial.

He left home at 5am on the third day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court some two weeks ago and his car was found close to the cliff edge at Berry Head, near Brixham, later that morning.

He was on trial accused of sexually abusing two girls during the 1990s at a time when he was in charge of a congregation of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Torbay, holding the title of Bishop.

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