Michael Griffiths death: Cases against two dropped

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

Cases have been discontinued against two people who were charged in connection of the death of a jewellery designer in West Sussex.

Gary King, 52, of Broadstairs, Kent, was accused of murder, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Rebecca Rogers, 39, of Shepperton, Surrey, was accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Lewes Crown Court officials said the cases had been dropped against both.

Four other men will go on to face trial.

All four are charged with the murder of Michael Griffiths, 59, whose body was found by fire crews after a blaze at his house in Old Glebe, Fernhurst, on 24 January.

They are also accused of conspiracy to commit a burglary with intent to steal and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Simon Penton, 42, and Kerry Rudder, 42, both of Markway, Sunbury-on-Thames, Harvey Munford, 22, of Monks Way, Staines-upon-Thames, and Damian Krafft, 26, of High Street, Shepperton, will face trial on a date still to be set.

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

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