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Julian Gardner: Five charged with manslaughter

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

Five men are to face manslaughter charges following the death of a businessman at his farm in East Sussex.

Julian Gardner, 53, was attacked at Bush Barn Farm, off the A21 near Robertsbridge in the early hours of 11 October last year.

The five men, all from Kent, are due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 24 June.

They are also charged with conspiracy to burgle Bush Barn Farm and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Gardner suffered multiple injuries in the incident at the farm, where he ran an agricultural and car repair business.

The five men are Terrence Bristow, 40, of Chart Road, Great Chart, Ashford; Marcus Bristow, 31, of Mock Lane, Great Chart, Ashford; Lee Delay, 22, of Whitegate Close, Tunbridge Wells; Christopher Leek, 29, of Pear Tree Close, Cranbrook and Paul Dunn, 32, of Fryth Crescent, Cranbrook.

A sixth man, Terence Dunn, 56, of Tanyards Estate, Sandhurst, Kent, will appear in court at the same hearing charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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