Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man charged with murdering ex-councillor Gerry White

Gerry White Image copyright isle of Wight Council
Image caption Gerry White represented Lake North on Isle of Wight Council between 2009 and 2013

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a former councillor whose body was found in woodland on the Isle of Wight.

Gerry White's body was discovered near the village of Lake on Monday.

Mr White, 73, from Sandown, was a pub landlord and had sat on Isle of Wight and Lake Parish councils.

Jonathan Stasuik, 60, of Pier Street, Sandown, appeared before magistrates and was remanded in custody to appear on Monday at Winchester Crown Court.

Image caption A police cordon was put in place while forensic investigations were carried out on Monday

Mr White's wife Lee said: "Gerry was a loving family man to me, his children, grandchildren, sister, brother, nephews and nieces.

"Gerry respected and trusted his loyal staff, recognising their valuable role in his life."

Mr White was chairman of Lake Parish Council in 2016-17 and also sat on Isle of Wight Council as a Conservative between 2009 and 2013.

Lake Parish Council also paid tribute to him, saying he "contributed much to the village, both as a councillor, and an entrepreneur, and was also a stalwart in the local Rotary".

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