Gary Hampson murder trial jury consider verdicts

Gary Hampson
Image caption Gary Hampson failed to turn up for a family appointment in January 2011

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering an East Sussex businessman whose body has never been found has retired to consider its verdicts.

Gary Hampson, 42, of Portslade, was reported missing in January 2011 after failing to turn up for an appointment.

Daniel Alexander, 61, of no fixed address, denies murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Three other people have also been on trial at Lewes Crown Court in connection with Mr Hampson's death.

Alan Topping, 48, of no fixed address, Roy Bartup, 57, of Natal Road, Brighton, and Linda Rosenberg, 67, of Montpellier Road, Brighton, all face charges of perverting the course of justice.

'Drug dealing debt'

Sussex Police began a murder inquiry after Mr Hampson's blood was found at Kops Cars garage in Brighton.

During the trial, jurors were told that he was a supplier of drugs and was in debt at the time of his death.

Taking the witness stand, Mr Alexander recalled how he watched helplessly as his business partner was fatally injured with a hammer by another man over a drug dealing debt.

The court heard two other men appeared to pick up the badly injured Mr Hampson, told Mr Alexander he was now responsible for the debt and should clear up the blood.

The trial began on 31 October.

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