Essex

Ongar farm death: William Martindale named as victim

William Martindale
Image caption William Martindale died shortly after being found with head injuries

A factory worker has been charged with the murder of a man found dead on a farm in Essex.

William Martindale, 39, was discovered with serious head injuries on Friday night after reports of an assault off Mill Lane in Ongar.

Paramedics pronounced him dead shortly after arriving at the farm.

Paul Groves, 33, of Queensway, Ongar, charged with murder and GBH with intent, is due to appear before Colchester magistrates later.

A provisional post-mortem examination showed Mr Martindale, of Crispey Avenue, died from head injuries.

A second man, aged in his 50s and from Barking, was also found on the farm suffering from head and chest injuries.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

A 66-year-old man from Ongar, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, was bailed by police until 26 October pending further inquiries.

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