Michael Griffiths death: Five men and a woman charged

Michael Griffiths
Image caption Michael Griffiths was known locally for his jewellery, which he made at home

Five men have been charged with the murder of a jewellery designer, whose body was found after a fire at his house in West Sussex.

Michael Griffiths, 59, was found dead by fire crews in the property in Old Glebe, Fernhurst, on 24 January.

The men face additional charges of conspiracy to commit a burglary with intent to steal and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A woman is also accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Gary King, 52, of Broadstairs Road, Broadstairs, in Kent, Simon Penton, 42, and Kerry Rudder, 42, both of Markway, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, Harvey Munford, 22, of Monks Way, Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, and Damian Krafft, 26, of High Street, Shepperton, Surrey, appeared before Worthing magistrates, along with Rebecca Rogers, 39, of Pool End Close, Shepperton.

Mr Griffiths, who was also an antique buyer, had been seriously assaulted before he died.

The defendants were remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Monday.

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