Three people found guilty of the murder of Leonard Adams

05/07/2012

Paul Chambers, Christopher Charles, both 39 and Charlie Chase, 26, all from Shaftsbury (Wiltshire) have today been found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of the murder of Leonard Adams, 43, whose body was found in October last year, buried in a shallow grave in the corner of a field in Wiltshire about a mile from where he had been living.

Following the conviction, Andrew Pritchard, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex said: The defendants and the victim all knew each other as they were living on the same campsite outside the Kingsettle Arms, a public house in the village of Semley on the outskirts of Shaftesbury.

 "It was the prosecution case that an argument started between Mr Adams and Chase, before all three defendants became involved. The argument got worse, and escalated into a confrontation and then to a fight. Each of the defendants used different weapons to attack Mr Adams, seriously injuring him. They then put him in the boot of a car and drove about a mile away where they killed him.

The defendants then dug out a makeshift shallow grave and set fire to his body in their attempt to cover the murder.

"Those attempts were in vain, and detailed evidence gathered thoroughly by Wiltshire Police, together with scientific analysis of that evidence, proved that the defendants had murdered Leonard Adams.

"I hope that Mr Adams family can take some comfort from todays verdict. Our thoughts are with them at this time."

The defendants will be sentenced on July 16.