THE trial of a woman accused of the murder of an Andover man is due to start today, Monday, May 13. 

Winter Swan-Miller, 37, faces a charge of murdering Stuart Maxwell Crocker, 62, at his home in New Street, Andover, in June last year.

The trial will take place at Winchester Crown Court and is due to last five weeks.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the start of the trial.

What happened?

Police were called just before 12pm on Wednesday, June 28, to The Signals in New Street. On attendance they discovered the body of a man in his 60s.

A huge emergency service operation was launched, with police immediately cordoning the nearby area off.

Police confirmed at 1pm on Thursday, June 29, that a man had died.

A murder investigation was subsequently launched, with forensics teams spotted on the scene.

The man’s next of kin were informed and were supported by specialist officers.

Who is Stuart Crocker?

On the afternoon of Monday, July 3, police released the name of the man who died, Stuart Maxwell Crocker, and released a photograph of him.

Mr Crocker’s family also paid tribute to him, saying: “As a family, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Stuart’s death.

“He lived his life the way he wanted to, and no one had the right to take that away from him. May he rest in peace.”

What happened next?

On Friday, June 30, a woman was arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of murder and on July 2 a 27-hour warrant of further detention was granted to allow officers more time to investigate.

On Monday, July 3, Winter Swan-Miller, of no fixed abode, was charged with Mr Crocker’s murder.  

Swan-Miller is also accused of using Mr Crocker’s Halifax debit card to make a purchase of £249 for herself.

A 44-year-old man from Walsall is also accused of using Mr Crocker's card and assisting Swan-Miller following the murder. 

Edward Jones, of Lancaster Avenue, is alleged to have provided accommodation for Swan-Miller and social media access on June 23. 

Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face and will go on trial due to start today at Winchester Crown Court.