Jury retire for second day in Michael Griffiths murder trial

Jury retire for second day in Michael Griffiths murder trial

Jury retire for second day in Michael Griffiths murder trial

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A jury at Hove Crown Court has retired for a second day in the case of a group of people accused of torturing and killing a man.

The jury considering the case of Michael Griffiths, 59, of Old Glebe, Fernhurst, were first sent out on Monday afternoon. 

Mr Griffiths, an antiques dealer, was found bound and dead in his burning home in January 2013.

He had been beaten and set alight.

Zack Cowdrey, of Meadway, Staines, has admitted manslaughter, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to burgle, but denies murder.

He stands trial alongside Simon Penton, 27, of Sunbury, who has admitted conspiracy to burgle homes in Loxwood, Poynings, Godalming in Surrey and Mr Griffiths’ home but denies murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Kerry Rudder, 43, of the same address, denies murder, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to burgle a home in Loxwood.

Damian Krafft, of High Street, Shepperton, denies murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Harvey Mumford, of Monks Way, Staines, has admitted conspiracy to burgle homes in Loxwood, Poynings, Godalming in Surrey and Mr Griffiths’ home, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the fire.

John Bartholomew, 72, of Centurion House, Portsmouth, denies murder and conspiracy to commit burglaries in Loxwood, Fernhurst and Poynings.

Rebecca Rogers, 39, of Pool End Close, Shepperton, denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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