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Statement from Michael Griffith's family

"Michael loved life in his own way" Credit: Sussex Police

"There are no words to describe the effect of losing Michael has had on the family, especially his two brothers.

The cruel and calculated way in which his life was taken has mentally affected our lives. Not one day goes by without the thought of what terrible injuries

were inflicted upon him just over a year ago on that long night in January.

Michael loved life in his own way, working with jewellery and antiques, and he was extremely talented in producing one-off designs for people. We will never come to terms with this family tragedy.

Unfortunately we now live in a world of greed and violence and no sentence for this violent crime will ever be enough for the people who were involved. Perhaps they could imagine the pain if it were to happen to one of their own family

Michael we miss you, God Bless. "

3 guilty of Fernhurst Killing

Zac Cowdrey was found guilty of the murder of Michael Griffiths Credit: Sussex Police

Two men have been found guilty of the murder of Michael Griffiths in Fernhurst and another has been found guilty of his manslaughter. Mr Griffith's body was found in the burnt out remains of his home in Glebe Close in January 2013.

Harvey Munford was also found guilty of the murder of Michael Griffiths Credit: Sussex Police

Munford and Cowdrey were sentenced to life sentences in prison with a minimum of 32 years for the murder and 9 years to run concurrently for the other offences.


Six due in court over death

Five people have been charged with the murder of a man pronounced dead after a fire in his Sussex home.

Michael Griffiths, 59, was found dead following a fire at his house in Fernhurst im January. The jewellery designer and antique buyer had been seriously assaulted before his death.

Gary King, 52 of Broadstairs Road, Broadstairs, Simon Penton, 42 of Markway, Sunbury-on-Thames, Harvey Munford, 22, of Monks Way, Staines-upon-Thames, Kerry Rudder, 42 of Markway, Sunbury-on-Thames and Damian Krafft, 26 of High Street, Shepperton, have all been charged with the murder.

They've also been charged with conspiracy to commit a burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Rebecca Rogers, 39 of Pool End Close, Shepperton has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. They will all appear at Worthing Magistrates Court later.

'Bogus police' claim in murder investigation

Police say their investigation continues into the murder of Michael Griffiths, whose body was found following a fire at his home in Fernhurst in January.

Officers are speaking to members of the antique trade locally who were acquainted with Mr Griffiths or may have had business dealings with him.

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley said: "We have identified that Michael had a keen interest in militaria and attended a number of fairs at Bisley.

"I would appeal to anyone who knew him or has any information about his business activities, either through the antiques trade or the militaria meeting, who have not spoken to us, to get in touch.

"We have not ruled out any potential motive for Michael's murder.

"We have not identified the two youths or men who called at his home earlier in the week and snowballed the house when he answered.

"We do know that when they called they claimed to be police officers, so at this stage, we are still connecting them with the enquiry.

"We are very keen to establish who they were and if anyone else had the same experience or saw them in the area on the Tuesday night (January 22) before the fire.

"Similarly, we have not yet traced the black SUV or 4x4 that was seen in the area on the morning of the fire and as a result, this remains a suspicious vehicle of interest to us.

"The crime scene was severely damaged by the fire and as a result the associated forensic work was exhaustive and complicated. We have established that accelerants were used to start the fire.

"I am determined that those responsible for Michael's death will be brought to justice. If you have any information, no matter how small, that could assist us with our enquiry, please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Killick."