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Four men charged over Robertsbridge farm death burglary

Julian Gardner
Image caption Police believe Julian Gardner was killed at his farm near Robertsbridge in October

Four men have been charged by police investigating the death of a businessman at his East Sussex farm.

Julian Gardner was killed last October after apparently disturbing intruders at his farm near Robertsbridge.

Sussex Police said three men from Kent had been charged with burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A fourth faces a conspiracy charge. They are all due to appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Sussex Police said a fifth man would also be charged with burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by officers on Friday.

Anthony Hill, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "I have today advised Sussex Police to charge four men with the burglary of Bush Barn Farm, near Robertsbridge, in the early hours of October 11 last year, during which the landowner, Julian Gardner, was killed.

Multiple injuries

"Additionally, these men and a fifth man, are also charged with conspiring to pervert the course of public justice in relation to the investigation into the murder of Julian Gardner that then ensued.

"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Lee Delay, 22, of Whitegate Close, Tunbridge Wells; Christopher Leek, 29, of Pear Tree Close, Cranbrook and Paul Dunn, 56, of Tanyard Estate, Sandhurst are all charged with burglary and conspiring to pervert the course of public justice.

Terence Dunn, 55, of Tanyard Estate, Sandhurst, has been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of public justice.

Police believe Mr Gardner, 53, was attacked when he disturbed intruders at Bush Barn Farm, near Robertsbridge, in the early hours of 11 October.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Gardner, who ran an agricultural and car repair business, suffered multiple injuries.

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