UPDATE: Two more people charged in Fernhurst murder probe

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TWO more people have today (Friday, July 19) been charged in relation to the murder of Michael Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths,59, was found dead at his home in Fernhurst following a fire on January 24.

The jewellery designer and antiques buyer had been seriously assaulted before his death.

John Bartholomew, 71, of Cross Street, Portsmouth, was due to appear at Crawley Magistrates on July 19, charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit a burglary, including at Michael Griffiths’ home in Old Glebe.

Zack Cowdrey, 23, of Meadway, Staines in Surrey, was arrested on July 9 and charged on July 10 with three offences: the murder of Michael Griffiths, conspiracy to burgle at Old Glebe and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

He appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, July 15 and was remanded in custody to re-appear at Lewes Crown Court on September, 23, with the other defendants charged in relation to the murder of Mr Griffiths.

Cowdrey was the seventh person to be charged in relation to this investigation.

A plea and case management hearing will be heard at Lewes Crown Court on September 23.

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