Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Man hands himself in after TV plea

Crimewatch broadcast a plea over the murder of Julian Gardner

A man has surrendered to police following a televised appeal by detectives investigating the murder of a man during a botched robbery at his farm.

CCTV footage was screened on Tuesday night's BBC Crimewatch programme of a man officers were keen to speak to in connection with Julian Gardner's killing.

Police arrested the man after he handed himself in and he is now facing questioning in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Mr Gardner, 53, suffered multiple injuries after disturbing intruders at Bush Barn Farm in Robertsbridge where he ran an agricultural and car repair business.

Detectives believe he was woken by a noise and set off to investigate, taking a shotgun with him, before confronting a gang as they ransacked his workshop.

His body was found by his business partner on October 11, with the killing believed to have taken place some time after 11pm the previous evening.

One theory behind the death is that the compression-type injuries he sustained were caused when he was crushed between two vehicles.

Two Crimewatch viewers came forward with the same name of the man shown on CCTV at a local garage on October 10. A third man, from Kent, also called to say the picture was of him.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "A man has presented himself to the custody centre at Eastbourne purporting to be the man seen on BBC Crimewatch who had been captured on CCTV at a local garage on October 10.

"He has been arrested in connection with the murder of Julian Gardner in Robertsbridge on October 11 and he is currently being interviewed."

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