THE trial of a man accused of murdering his father has been delayed.

Joseph Cooper – accused of murdering his father, ex-Examiner journalist Winton Cooper – has been put off to next month.

Joseph Cooper was due to stand trial at Winchester Crown Court yesterday but following a request from the defence he will now not appear until August 4.

On May 17, Howard Winton Cooper was found dead in his apartment in Marnhull, Dorset.

His 23-year-old son was later charged with his murder and appeared before Weymouth magistrates the following day.

Mr Cooper had previously lived in Honley and worked as was a news reporter and feature writer on the Examiner in the late 60s.

He later moved to Sheffield and worked for BBC Radio Sheffield as a broadcaster.

He had been working in the commentary box at the tragic 1989 FA semi-cup final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool FC at Hillsborough.

After his mother died 15 years ago, Mr Cooper went to Dorset to care for his father. Mr Cooper’s body was discovered by a neighbour, in a cul-de-sac in the sleepy village depicted in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles.