Sixth Arrest Over Dorset Businessman's Murder

18 May 2017, 13:13

Guy Hedger

Detectives are questioning a sixth person, after the murder of businessman Guy Hedger near Ringwood last month.

The 39-year-old Bournemouth man was held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

Dorset Police said an address in the West Howe area was being searched by officers in relation to the investigation.

Guy, 61, was killed in the early hours of 30 April after at least two intruders entered his £1 million home in Castlewood, in the village of St Ives in East Dorset.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Hedger died as a consequence of gunshot wounds.

Jason Baccus, 41, and Scott Keeping, 44, both of Verney Close, Bournemouth, along with Kevin Downton, 40, of Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford, appeared at Winchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

Judge Keith Cutler set a date for the defendants to enter pleas to the charge of murder on 26 July.

A potential trial date was also set for 14 November.

The alarm was raised at 3.03am on 30 April when police received a call reporting Mr Hedger had been shot.

The insurance executive was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital. His partner was also in the house at the time.

Mr Hedger was a director of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, which runs colleges and a primary school in the Bournemouth area.

Mr Hedger's family paid tribute to him. In a statement, they said: 

``Guy was a caring and compassionate partner, son, brother and uncle who lived life to its full and enriched the lives of all those who knew him.

``We are devastated that Guy's life has been cut short in this way.

``Guy will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues, but he will live in our hearts forever.''

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