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Five charged over murder of young film maker in Guyana

Dominic Bernard went missing shortly after he arrived in Guyana Credit: Dominic Bernard / Facebook

Five people have been charged over the murder of an aspiring British film maker in Guyana in what is feared to have been a robbery gone wrong.

Dominic Bernard, 18, from Epsom, Surrey, went missing shortly after arriving in the South American country last October.

His body was discovered last week in a shallow grave in a farming village. He had suffered severe head injuries and authorities suspect he was the target of a robbery.

Mr Bernard's family said he was in Guyana to pursue his dream of studying film-making Credit: Dominic Bernard / Facebook

Two men have been charged with the murder, while a man and two women appeared before a judge on Friday accused of helping bury Mr Bernard's body and his camera equipment.

Police were reported to have recovered a hammer which is thought to have been one of the murder weapons.

Mr Bernard's parents Andrew and Linda paid tribute to his hope and ambition in a statement released after his death.

They said he had gone to Guyana to pursue his dream of studying film-making.

Dominic Bernard, aged just 18, was full of hope, ambition, creativity, self-respect, faith and trust. In chasing his dreams, exploring his heritage and doing the things that brought joy to his heart, and so many others, he tragically encountered those who do not share these values.

– Family statement