A HAMPSHIRE farmer who has been accused of manslaughter has appeared in court for the first time. 

Philip Tickner, 62, of Upper Lanham, Old Alresford, has been accused of allegedly killing his employee Philip France, 57, through gross negligence.

Mr France suffered fatal injuries in an incident during the demolition of a cow shed in June 2021.

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Tickner appeared before Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Tuesday, October 24, where his case was adjourned by district judge Tim Pattinson.

Since manslaughter is an indictable-only offence, the case must be heard by a judge in the crown court.

The case will resume at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday, November 22.