Kent

Revenge killers jailed for Kent murder of Ted Shaxted

Ted Shaxted
Image caption Ted Shaxted, 36, was attacked at his home in Northfleet on 2 December 2007

Three men have been jailed for life after being convicted of murder in a revenge attack at a property in Kent.

Ted Shaxted, 36, was attacked at his Wallis Park home in Northfleet on 2 December 2007, and died from his injuries two weeks later.

A jury at Maidstone Crown Court took five days to reach a verdict.

Kelvin Horlock, 33, from Strood; Bill Saunders, 30, from Gravesend and Trevor Lees, 38, from Northfleet, were found guilty after a retrial.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a fourth man, Marvin Service, 35, of Gravesend.

After the verdicts on Tuesday, the Crown Prosecution Service said it would be seeking a retrial, which is likely to take place in December.

'Justice he deserves'

Kent Police said the beating had been arranged after Mr Shaxted crashed a car belonging to Horlock's mother.

Det Insp Gavin Moss said: "'Ted was a much-loved uncle and brother, who was well-liked within the local community.

"It's been a very difficult time for his family and I would like to praise them for their strength and courage throughout this trying time."

Senior prosecutor Alistair Dickson said it had been a "brutal revenge attack" on Mr Shaxted.

In a statement, the family of Mr Shaxted said it they had been on a "hard journey" but he had finally "received the justice he deserves".

Horlock was ordered to serve a minimum of 14 years and four months before being considered for parole; Lees 12 years and six months and Saunders 13 years and four months.

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