Kent

Gary Pocock death: Four jailed for baseball bat murder

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Image caption Gary Pocock was found with significant head injuries

Three men and a boy have been jailed for life after beating their friend to death with baseball bats.

The body of Gary Pocock was found half naked on the beach in Leysdown, Kent, in August.

The 34-year-old, who had been out drinking in Sheppey on the night of his death, had been accused by the group of molesting a teenage girl.

Another teenager was given a seven-year sentence at a young offenders institution for manslaughter.

Christopher James Bones, 21, of Dorothy Gardens, Dagenham will serve a minimum of 18 years in prison for murder.

Matthew Terry, 21, will serve at least 19 years, and his father Mark Terry, 44, both of Grantham Road in Manor Park, London, will spend a minimum of 26 years in prison, the judge ruled.

Richie Zbrowski, 16, from Warden, Sheerness, was given a minimum sentence of 13 years, by the judge at Maidstone Crown Court.

Jamie West, 19, of Cliffe View Gardens, Warden, was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders institution.

The body of Mr Pocock, from Dagenham in east London, was found with significant head injuries on a secluded part of the beach on 7 August by a man using a metal detector.

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Media captionMatthew and Mark Terry were filmed by BBC South East Today saying how upset they were over the murder of Gary Pocock.

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