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Reading man charged over rough sleeper‚Äö?Ñ?¥s death

April 15 2011
Victim died of multiple stab wounds

A man has been charged with murder following the death of homeless man Damian Whyte, 33, in Reading at the end of February. Alan Levey, 35, from the Katesgrove area of the city, was charged at Reading Crown Court on 1 March.

Thames Valley police appealed for information from Reading’s homeless community after a dog walker discovered Mr Whyte’s body on a riverside path. A post-mortem revealed he had died from multiple stab wounds.

Officers described Mr Whyte, who grew up in London before moving to Reading, as "a well-liked, sociable and friendly person", well known to people in the town.

A second man arrested in connection with Mr Whyte’s death, also from the Reading area, was released without charge on 2 March after questioning from police.