Northamptonshire man appears in court charged with arson and stealing forklift truck after hairdresser’s body found at flat

Ashley Gillard
Ashley Gillard

A 25-year-old man from Wellingborough has appeared in court charged with arson with intent to endanger life as part of an investigation into the death of a Northampton hairdresser.

Ashley Gillard, 31, who worked at the Hensman’s salon, was found dead in a flat in Trevithick Court, Wolverton, at about 11.40pm on Monday night after emergency services were called out to reports of a fire.

Thames Valley Police this morning said Thomas White, of Bibury Close, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, has been charged with one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

He has also been charged with two counts of taking a vehicle without consent on June 8. One of the vehicle was a forklift truck and one was a BMW.

White appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court today wearing a grey tracksuit and was unshaven. He didn’t speak and only nodded to confirm his name.

Mr White has been remanded in custody to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on June 15.