Jury sworn in for farmer murder trial

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.