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Trio guilty of Ted Shaxted murder in Northfleet

PUBLISHED: 17:46 13 June 2011

Ted Shaxted

Ted Shaxted

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Three men have been found guilty for the second time of the murder of an alcoholic at his home.

Kelvin Horlock, 32, Bill Saunders, 30 and Trevor Lees, 38, all denied the murder and manslaughter of Mr Shaxted, 36, who was killed at his flat in Wallis Park, Northfleet, on December 2 2007.

However, a jury at Maidstone Crown Court today failed to return a verdict on a fourth defendant Marvin Service and will continue deliberating for a fifth day tomorrow. The trio are also expected to be sentenced on Tuesday.

During a six week retrial jurors heard the original convictions for murder were quashed by the Court of Appeal on the grounds that they were unsafe.

The court heard Mr Shaxted died 12 days after suffering a “sustained and ferocious beating”.

Horlock, of Hatfield Road, Strood, Saunders of Denton Caravan Site, Shamrock Road, Gravesend, and Lees, of London Road, Northfleet, also denied an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Horlock and Saunders also pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, however, Lees, admitted this charge.

Mr Service, of Brandon Street, Gravesend, denies all four offences.

The men were orginally convicted in February 2009 and jailed for life.

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