Smiley Culture inquest jury retires

Smiley Culture Smiley Culture died during a police search of his home in Warlingham

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The jury in the inquest into the death of reggae star Smiley Culture has retired to consider its verdict.

The 48-year-old singer, real name David Emmanuel, died from a single stab wound to the heart at his home in Warlingham, Surrey on 15 March 2011.

Surrey Coroner Richard Travers told the jury the incident happened during a police search of his home.

He said four Metropolitan Police officers went to the property.

The inquest has heard that Mr Emmanuel stabbed himself after being arrested at the property.

At the time of his death, Mr Emmanuel was awaiting trial at Croydon Crown Court along with two co-defendants over allegations of "being concerned" in the supply of a Class A drug - claims he denied.

Smiley Culture found fame with a string of 1980s hits including Cockney Translation, and appeared on Top of the Pops.

The four police officers present in Mr Emmanuel's house in Hillbury Road at the time of his death have been granted anonymity by Mr Travers.

The inquest started on 12 June at Woking Borough Council's civic offices.

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