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Kent man in court following Robertsbridge farm burglary

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

A Kent man charged with burglary after an inquiry into the death of a Sussex businessman has appeared in court.

Marcus Bristow, of Ashford, is accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to burgle.

The 31-year-old appeared before Hastings magistrates and was remanded in custody. He is due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on 24 June.

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

Car repair business

Mr Gardner was found by his business partner at Bush Barn Farm in the early hours of 11 October 2010.

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

Five other Kent men are already facing charges over the incident and are also due to appear before Lewes Crown Court later this month.

Lee Delay, 22, of Whitegate Close, Tunbridge Wells, Christopher Leek, 29, of Pear Tree Close, Cranbrook, Paul Dunn, 32, of Frythe Crescent, Cranbrook, and Terry Bristow, 40, of Chilmington, Ashford, have also been charged with burglary and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Terence Dunn, 56, of Tanyard Estate, Sandhurst, has been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

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