Seventh man charged over Julian Gardner farm death

Julian Gardner
Image caption A post-mortem examination found Mr Gardner suffered multiple injuries at his farm

A seventh man has appeared in court following the death of a businessman at his Sussex farm last year.

Julian Gardner, 53, was attacked at his farm near Robertsbridge last October.

Oliver Payne, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is accused of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The 25-year-old, of Sandhurst Road, appeared before Hastings magistrates, and is due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on 9 December.

Mr Gardner suffered multiple injuries in the incident at Bush Barn Farm, where he ran an agricultural and car repair business.

Six other men, all from Kent, have already been charged in connection with his death.

Five men are charged with manslaughter and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice:

  • Terrence Bristow, 40, of Chart Road, Great Chart, Ashford
  • Marcus Bristow, 31, of Mock Lane, Great Chart, Ashford
  • Lee Delay, 22, of Whitegate Close, Tunbridge Wells
  • Christopher Leek, 29, of Pear Tree Close, Cranbrook
  • Paul Dunn, 32, of Fryth Crescent, Cranbrook

Terence Dunn, 56, of Tanyards Estate, Sandhurst, Kent, is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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