Asda parking death: Man appears in court

The man who has been charged with the manslaughter of Asda car park victim Brian Holmes made his first appearance in court this morning.

Tuesday, 13th August 2013, 10:41 am
Bedford Magistrates' Court. St Paul's Square, Bedford.

Alan Watts, 65, of Lindsell Crescent, Biggleswade, was yesterday charged with the manslaughter of Brian Holmes following an assault over a dispute about parking at Asda car park on Saturday, August 3.

Mr Watts spoke to confirm his full name, address and date of birth. No indication of plea was given.

Magistrates committed the case to Luton Crown Court, and he will next appear there on August 28 for a preliminary hearing.

He was granted bail under a number of strict conditions. These are:

- He must surrender his passport

- He must not apply for any foreign documents

- He must sign on at Biggleswade Police Station between 2pm and 5pm Monday to Friday. If the front desk is closed he must use the phone to reach the control centre

- He cannot contact, or directly, or indirectly communicate with any prosecution witnesses, excluding Hazel Watts

- He must not enter Asda in Biggleswade or the car park area

- He must not drive any motor vehicle on any road

- He must not go to Sandy

Mr Holmes. 64, of Sandy, was a carer for his wife and had just been given the all clear from cancer. He died on Sunday, August 4 at Addenbrookes Hospital.