Julian Gardner death: Four convicted of farm manslaughter

Julian Gardner
Image caption Julian Gardner died at his farm near Robertsbridge in October 2010

Four men have been found guilty of crushing a businessman to death after he interrupted them burgling his East Sussex farm.

Julian Gardner was killed at Bush Barn Farm, near Robertsbridge, in October 2010, after being awoken by intruders.

Mr Gardner, 53, was crushed between two vehicles or one vehicle and a water bowser as he tried to protect his farm.

Six men were accused of manslaughter, with jurors at Lewes Crown Court finding four guilty.

The court heard Mr Gardner set off with one of his shotguns to confront the burglars after he heard a noise on 11 October 2010.

Jurors had been considering their verdicts since 2 April, with a break for Easter.

The men found guilty of manslaughter were Terrence Bristow, 41, of Chart Road, Great Chart, Kent; Marcus Bristow, 32, of Mock Lane, Great Chart; Lee Delay, 23, of Whitegate Close, Tunbridge Wells; and Paul Dunn, 33, of Fryth Crescent, Cranbrook.

Oliver Payne, of Sandhurst Road, Tunbridge Wells, was found not guilty of manslaughter and the jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on Christopher Leek, 30, of Pear Tree Close, Cranbrook.

However, all six men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and, along with Terrence Dunn, 57, of Tanyards Estate, Sandhurst, Kent, of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The judge will sentence the men on Wednesday.

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