23-year-old is jailed for killing man in burglary
TWO Tunbridge Wells men have been jailed for their part in a burglary which resulted in a man being crushed to death.
Businessman Julian Gardner, 52, died when he tried to tackle burglars at his farm in Robertsbridge.
Seven men in total have been jailed, including 23-year-old Lee Delay, of Whitegate Close, Southborough, and Oliver Payne, 25, of Sandhurst Road, Tunbridge Wells.
Delay was described as a "foot soldier" in the gang and was jailed for seven years on Wednesday after being found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit burglary and to pervert the course of justice.
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Payne was handed a three-year sentence for conspiracy to commit burglary and to pervert the course of justice. He was cleared of manslaughter.
The incident took place at Mr Gardner's home in October 2010, when he was disturbed by burglars at his workshop.
He was crushed by a car and his injuries were so catastrophic he stood "no chance of survival", jurors later heard.
A family statement, released by Mr Gardner's mother Molly and sister Anna Murphy, said: "Those responsible for this appalling crime have now been found guilty which, as far as we're concerned, was the only possible outcome."
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