Kent men bailed over Robertsbridge farm death burglary

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

Five men from Kent facing charges after the death of a businessman at his East Sussex farm have been granted bail.

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

Four men charged with burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice appeared at Lewes Crown Court.

A fifth man was also in court charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. All five were bailed to appear at the court on 24 June.

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.

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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