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Men in court over Robertsbridge farm death burglary

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

Four Kent men have appeared in court charged with burglary following an investigation into 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.

The men were remanded in custody after appearing at Hastings Magistrates' Court accused of burglary.

The four, and a fifth man, have also been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Lee Delay, 22, of Whitegate Close, Tunbridge Wells; Christopher Leek, 29, of Pear Tree Close, Cranbrook, Paul Dunn, 56, of Tanyard Estate, Sandhurst, and Terry Bristow, 40, of Chilmington, Ashford, are all accused of burglary and conspiring to pervert the course of public justice.

Terence Dunn, 55, of Tanyard Estate, Sandhurst, faces one count of conspiring to pervert the course of public justice.

All of the men have been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Monday or Tuesday.

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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