Jury retires in Isle of Sheppey murder trial

Gary Pocock Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Gary Pocock, from Dagenham, suffered head injuries

The jury in the trial of four men and a teenage boy accused of killing a man whose body was found on a beach has retired to consider its verdict.

The body of Gary Pocock, 34, was found half naked and bruised on the seafront in Leysdown, Kent, in August.

He had been out drinking on the night of his death and was accused by the group of molesting a teenage girl, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

They "lured him to his death", the jury heard. All five deny murder.

They are:

  • Christopher James Bones, 20, of Dorothy Gardens, Dagenham, east London.
  • Matthew Terry, 20, and Mark Terry, 44, both of Grantham Road, Manor Park, east London.
  • Jamie West, 19, of Cliffe View Gardens, Warden, Sheerness.
  • A 15-year-old boy from Warden cannot be named for legal reasons.

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