76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas

Farmer 'left for dead' by burglars

A widowed farmer was savagely battered and left for dead in his own Cambridgeshire home by two burglars, a court has heard.

Live updates

Farmer murder trial delayed

76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas found dead at his home in Chittering
76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas found dead at his home in Chittering

The trial of two men accused of murdering a retired farmer has been delayed.

Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was found dead in his home in Ely Road, Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18.

Frankie Parker, 26, of Nene Road, Ely, and Gary Smith 21, of no fixed address, both deny murder.

John Smith, 67, of Wold Gate, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, will also stand trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of assisting an offender.

One count relates to an allegation that he acted as a getaway driver and the other that he provided a false alibi.

The trial was due to begin at Cambridge Crown Court today after a jury was sworn in yesterday.

This afternoon the court heard that the trial was not likely to start until tomorrow at the earliest due to legal argument.

Jury sworn in for farmer murder trial

76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas found dead at his home in Chittering
76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas found dead at his home in Chittering

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of two men accused of murdering a retired farmer in a botched burglary.

Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was found dead in his home in Ely Road, Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18.

Police believe thieves might have targeted his house because of its mansion-like appearance and Mr Thomas, originally from Wales, was killed in a confrontation.

Frankie Parker, 26, of Nene Road, Ely, and Gary Smith 21, of no fixed address, both deny murder. They appeared at Cambridge Crown Court today.

John Smith, 67, of Wold Gate, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, will also stand trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of assisting an offender. One count relates to an allegation that he acted as a getaway driver and the other that he provided a false alibi.

The jury of seven men and five women was sworn in this afternoon with the trial due to start tomorrow. The case is expected to last four weeks.

Parker and Gary Smith have been remanded in custody while John Smith was released on bail.

Advertisement

Pair deny Chittering murder

Llywelyn Thomas Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Two men have denied the murder of a pensioner near Ely in a suspected botched burglary. Llywelyn Thomas, 76, was discovered at his home in Ely Road, Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18th, 2011. He was last seen alive the previous evening.

Frankie Parker, 25, of Nene Road, Ely, and Gary Smith, 20, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of Mr Thomas.

Earlier, at the same court, a third man, John Smith, 66, of Wold Gate, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, denied assisting an offender.

Parker and Gary Smith were remanded in custody, while John Smith was granted conditional bail.

The judge, Mr Justice Singh, said there will be hearing for the case at the Old Bailey on May 24, and the trial is due to start at Cambridge Crown Court on July 1.

Third man charged in connection with pensioner death

A third man has been charged in connection with the death of a pensioner in a suspected botched burglary.

76-year-old Llywelyn Thomas was discovered at his home in Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18th 2011. He was last seen alive the previous evening.

John Smith, 66, of Bridlington in East Yorkshire has been charged with assisting an offender.

25-year-old Frankie Parker of Nene Road in Ely, and 20-year-old Gary Smith of no fixed address, have been charged with murder.

They are due to appear in court on April 2.

Dive team finds stolen property

Police divers searching for the murder weapon used to kill a pensioner have uncovered suspected stolen property.

The divers spent two days searching the River Cam for items stolen from the home of Llywelyn Thomas.

The body of the 76 year old was found at his home in Chittering near Ely ten months ago. It's thought he died during a burglary. The divers recovered several items but its thought some of them may be unrelated to the murder inquiry.

Advertisement

Murder investigation: Pair bailed

Llywelyn Thomas, who was murdered in December
Llywelyn Thomas, who was murdered in December Credit: ITV Anglia

Two men arrested on suspicion of the murder of a retired farmer in a botched burglary have been released on bail.

The men, aged 25 and 20, were originally arrested at the end of May and bailed over the death of Llywelyn Thomas, 76.

The pair were rearrested on Monday by Cambridgeshire Police. After being interviewed at separate police stations, they were today released on bail, the force said.

A 23-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy remain on bail in connection with the investigation.

A 26-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man who were arrested in May in connection with the inquiry have had their bail cancelled.

Mr Thomas, originally from South Wales, was found dead with injuries to his head and face at his home in Ely Road, Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18 last year.

Two men re-arrested over pensioner murder

Llywelyn Thomas was found dead at his home in December 2011
Llywelyn Thomas was found dead at his home in December 2011 Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Two men have been re-arrested on suspicion of murder of Llywelyn Thomas.

The men, aged 25 and 20, were arrested this morning by detectives the murder of the 76 year old whose body was discovered at his home in Ely Road, Chittering, Cambridgeshire, on December 18, last year.

It is thought he was killed the previous evening during a botched burglary.

The 20-year-old is currently at Thorpe Wood Police Station, the 25-year-old is at Parkside Police Station.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories