THE trial of a man accused of attempting to murder three of his family members has been postponed.

Jonathan Keal, 35, was due to stand trial last month accused of trying to kill his parents and elderly grandmother at a detached property in the New Forest.

But his trial, at Winchester Crown Court, was postponed because Keal was not fit to stand trial when listed.

His trial has now been adjourned and is due to start on June 2 next year.

As previously reported in the Daily Echo, ambulance crews were called to house near Fordingbridge in September last year to treat a woman in her 90s and two other people.

One of the patients is said to have been in a life-threatening condition when paramedics arrived at the scene.

Keal, formerly of Old Market Street, Bristol, but now of no fixed address, is charged with allegedly attempting to murder Robert Keal, Lynda Keal and Marjorie Blacker.

At the time, a police spokesman told the Echo: “Three people - a man and a woman in their 60s and a woman in her 90s - sustained serious injuries and required hospital treatment.

“Officers attending the scene arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with the incident.”

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman said an ambulance officer and three ambulance crews were sent to the scene.