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Fernhurst home at centre of horror murder trial up for sale
An estate agent is selling the house where an antiques dealer is alleged to have been tortured and killed.
A murder trial is currently ongoing with a group of men accused of hogtying Michael Griffiths and using weapons and strangulation in a bid to find out where he kept diamonds at his home in Fernhurst, near Midhurst.
The 59-year-old was found dead having been doused in accelerant and the house set on fire.
Estate agent Henry Adams has listed the property with the admission that it is where the antiques dealer and jewellery maker died.
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The listing includes photographs of the boarded-up semi-detached property, which was badly damaged by the fire in January 2012.
The agent has accepted an offer for the three-bedroom home, which had a guide price of £100,000.
The parties are yet to exchange contracts but have agreed on an undisclosed price which “exceeded all expectations”.
It is believed it was previously worth three times the guide price.
The advert states potential buyers have a “rare and exciting opportunity”
to completely refurbish the “deceptively spacious” house.
The advert adds: “As the pictures show, the property has been badly damaged by fire and requires complete refurbishment.”
The house has a lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, large gardens, a garage, driveway for two cars and external workshop.
The advert says: “Stunning areas of National Trust and Areas of OutstandingBeauty canbefoundlocallyforwalking and riding enthusiasts to enjoy.”
A spokesman for Henry Adams estate agents said: “Despite the history, the property attracted enormous interest.”
Prosecutor Christine Laing has told Hove CrownCourt the “well-liked” victim was tortured in a “protracted assault”.
Miss Laing said firefighters who found Mr Griffiths initially thought he had no legs because they had been “hog-tied” behind his back.
The antiques dealer and jewellery designer – who was single and lived alone – hoped to sell two diamonds, which he kept at his home.
Harvey Mumford, 23, of Monks Way in Staines, has admitted conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the fire.
He denies murder.
Simon Penton, 43, of Markway, Sunbury, has admitted conspiracy to burgle, but denies murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Kerry Rudder, 43, also of Markway, denies murder, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Damian Krafft, 27, from Shepperton, Surrey, denies murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Zack Cowdrey, 23, from Meadway, Staines, denies murder, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to burgle.
John Bartholomew, 72, of Centurion House, Portsmouth, denies murder and conspiracy to burgle.
Rebecca Rogers, 39, of Pool End Close, Shepperton, denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The trial continues.