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Sixth man charged over Sussex farm death burglary

Julian Gardner
Image caption A post-mortem examination found Mr Gardner suffered multiple injuries at his farm

A sixth man has been charged with burglary following an investigation into the death of a businessman at his East Sussex farm.

Julian Gardner, 53, was killed last October after apparently disturbing intruders at his Robertsbridge farm.

Sussex Police said Marcus Bristow, 31, from Ashford in Kent, had been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to burgle.

He is due before Hastings Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

Four other men from Kent been charged with burglary in connection with the investigation.

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

The men were granted conditional bail by a judge at Lewes Crown Court in April and are next due to appear before the court on 24 June.

Mr Gardner was found by his business partner at Bush Barn Farm, near Robertsbridge, in the early hours of 11 October 2011.

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

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