Jane Brady, led by Oliver Saxby QC, prosecutes the trial involving 5 defendants at Reading Crown Court. The case revolves around the death of James Anthony Sootheran who was found dead on 18 March 2014 at his farm in South Newington, near Banbury. A post mortem found he had died from pneumonia, caused by malnourishment.

Kellie Enever, led by Stephen Moses QC, represents Lynda Rickard, the first defendant, who stands trial on Murder and Gross Negligent Manslaughter and Fraud.

Jonathan Coode represents Shanda Robinson, charged with Fraud and Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice.

The trial is due to last 12 weeks.

The case has gathered press interest and is reported in the BBC News, Sky News and the Daily Mail