The trial of an Andover man has been adjourned after the partner of the law firm defending him passed away.

Paul Evans, of Acre Court, had been charged with the possession of a knife in public, as well as damaging a Vauxhall Astra and threatening a member of the public.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to the offences at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court in July.

However, the first day of a three day trial for the 53-year-old was adjourned after the death of Phil Street, the senior partner and founder of Taylor Street Solicitors, who were representing Mr Evans.

Ms Macey, appearing for the defence, told the court she had been asked by the firm to ask for an adjournment in the case while it made arrangements following Street’s death.

The application was not opposed by Graham Gilbert, appearing on behalf of the Crown.

The defendant was not in court for the proceedings, with Thornford Park Hospital having been unable to produce Evans in person due to concerns regarding Covid-19.

Recorder McElduff, presiding at Winchester Crown Court, subsequently adjourned the case until January 5, with a video link to be provided for Evans.

However, he noted that if the case proceeds to a three-day trial, “it is highly unlikely there will be capacity to deal with it” at the court this week.

The trial continues.