Michael Griffiths death: Sixth man charged with murder

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

A sixth man has been charged with the murder of a jewellery designer, whose body was found after a fire at his house in Sussex.

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

Zack Cowdrey, 23, of Staines, Surrey, is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit a burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Five other men from Surrey and Kent are also accused of the same charges.

Sussex Police said Mr Cowdrey was charged with the three offences on 10 July and would appear at Lewes Crown Court with the other defendants in September.

The other men charged over Mr Griffiths death are:

  • 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
  • Damian Krafft, 26, of High Street, Shepperton, Surrey

The force said John Bartholomew, 71, of Cross Street, Portsmouth, had also been charged with conspiracy to commit three burglaries, including Mr Griffiths' home in Fernhurst, and was due to appear before Crawley magistrates later.

Rebecca Rogers, 39, of Pool End Close, Shepperton, is accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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

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