Man cleared of Kent revenge killing of Ted Shaxted

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

A 36-year-old man has been cleared of the murder of man who was brutally attacked in his home in Kent.

Ted Shaxted, 36, was beaten at his home in Northfleet in a revenge attack on 2 December 2007. He died in hospital two weeks later.

Marvin Service, of Brandon Street, Gravesend, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter at Maidstone Crown Court following a second retrial.

Three men were jailed for life for the murder of Mr Shaxted in June.

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

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

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