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Fernhurst death: six charged

Six people have been charged with various offences following the death of a 59-year-old man in Sussex. Michael Griffith was declared dead after a fire at his house. He had been seriously assaulted before his death.

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.

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