Kent

Kent Police charge two over body in Ashford garden

Police at the scene
Image caption Police found the body of a 34-year-old man in the garden of the property

Two men have been charged after the body of a man was found in a garden in Ashford in Kent.

Police said one man had been accused of conspiring to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a body and another charged with manslaughter.

The body of 34-year-old Jed Turner, also known as Jed Little, was found in a garden in St Teresa's Close in March.

One of the accused men has appeared in court and the other is still to appear before magistrates.

John Allen, 58, of Beecholme Drive, Kennington, Ashford, was charged with conspiring to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a dead body and is due to appear before Canterbury magistrates on 9 September.

Ben Phillips, 33, of Gilham Bungalows, Smarden, Ashford, has appeared before Canterbury magistrates charged with manslaughter by gross negligence and conspiring to prevent the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.

He is also accused of possession of Class A drugs, heroin and crack cocaine.

Mr Phillips is due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on 5 September.

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