THE trial of a man accused of the murder of a 26-year-old is due to begin today.

Ben Harvey, of Ridges View, Little London, will appear at Winchester Crown Court.

The 21-year-old is accused of killing William Rudiak who was discovered at a home in Turin Court on June 11, last year.

Emergency services rushed to the incident at 3.11am but Mr Rudiak, of Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for Hampshire police earlier confirmed that following a post-mortem examination Mr Rudiak had died from a single stab wound.

Mr Harvey also faces charges of aggravated burglary, and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence after police also investigated reports an attack on a young woman in Little London on the same day.

The trial is expected to last seven days.