Hughie Saunders M25 killing: Two men cleared of murder

Hughie Saunders Image copyright Surrey Police
Image caption Hughie Saunders, nicknamed Quhey, was beaten to death with a plastering tool

Two men have been cleared of murdering a man who was beaten to death at an M25 service station.

Hughie Saunders, 20, was driving to his home in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, when he stopped at Cobham services.

Simon Baker, 22, struck Mr Saunders with a plasterer's whisk at the petrol station on 26 June. He denied murder, telling an Old Bailey jury he acted in self-defence.

Mr Baker's cousin Mikey Coyle, 21, also said he was defending himself.

The court was told Mr Baker had hit Mr Saunders over the head following a long-running feud.

Mr Coyle, from Barnes, south-west London, was armed with a shovel, the jury had heard.

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Image caption Hughie Saunders was attacked on the petrol station forecourt at Cobham services

The court was told Mr Saunders, nicknamed Quhey, suffered catastrophic head injuries and died in hospital two days after the fight.

He had been travelling home from a wedding.

"Heated words" were exchanged before a fight broke out between the three men, prosecutors said.

Mr Baker, of Green Lane, Outwood near Redhill said: "Me and Quhey were relatively related to each other.

"I knew who he was. I just wanted to speak to Mr Saunders to clear the air from what I had been hearing.

"I heard that Quhey was supposed to be saying a few things about me and the travelling community."

He said the feud had been going on "for a few years".

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