Six stand trial in Michael Griffiths murder

Michael Griffiths
Michael Griffiths

THE total number of people charged in relation to the murder of jewellery designer and antiques buyer, Michael Griffiths, now stands at six.

Mr Griffiths, 59, was found dead by fire crews in his home in Old Glebe, Fernhurst, on 24 January. Police say he had been seriously assaulted before he died.

Cases have been discontinued against two people who were charged in relation with the crime.

Gary King, 52, of Broadstairs, Kent, was accused of murder, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Rebecca Rogers, 39, of Shepperton, Surrey, was accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Six remain in the trial.

John Bartholomew, 71, of Cross Street, Portsmouth, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit a burglary, including at Michael Griffiths’ home in Old Glebe.

The other men charged over Mr Griffiths’ death are Simon Penton, 42, and Kerry Rudder, 42, both of Markway, Sunbury-on-Thames, Zack Cowdrey, 23, of Meadway, Staines in Surrey, Harvey Munford, 22, of Monks Way, Staines-upon-Thames, and Damian Krafft, 26, of High Street, Shepperton.

They are also accused of conspiracy to commit a burglary with intent to steal and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A potential trial date has been set for February next year.