Les Bate Inquest

The inquest into the death of Les Bate, the Cornish farmer brutally battered to death ten years ago, begins in Truro today.

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Family appeal to find killer

The family of a Cornish farmer murdered ten years ago have asked those shielding his killer to come forward. It came after a verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at the inquest into the death of 71 year- old Les Bate.

He was found battered to death at his farmhouse in north Cornwall in April 2002. The case remains unsolved. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

Verdict of unlawful killing recorded

The family of a Cornish farmer murdered ten years ago have made an emotional appeal to those shielding his killer to come forward.

71 year old Les Bate was found battered to death at his farmhouse near St Kew Highway in north Cornwall in April 2002.

Today a verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at an inquest in Truro.

The case remains unsolved.

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Inquest into death of farmer continues

An inquest into the death of a Cornish farmer who was killed ten years ago is due to finish today. Les Bate who was 71 was found dead at his farmhouse. His death is still unsolved. Yesterday, the inquest heard he was carrying more than 500 pounds in his wallet the night before he died.

Les Bate was murdered at his home ten years ago. His killer has never been found Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police
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