Wednesday 23 August 2017

Malaria-scare nurse faces sex trial

Martin Halfpenny

A nurse who disappeared, sparking an international search because it was feared he had malaria, will go on trial today charged with sexual assault.

Matthew Lloyd, 35, from Southampton, denies the allegation relating to a 20-year-old woman who was walking home from work in Southampton on August 21 last year when she was attacked.

He also denies a further charge of common assault.

Lloyd was undergoing a clinical trial to find a cure for malaria in Oxford when he failed to make an appointment in October last year.

Police and his family appealed for help to find him. He was traced to Holland on October 18 and did not contract the disease.

The trial will take place at Southampton Crown Court.

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