Treeby murder trial verdict
A father and two sons have been found
guilty of murdering father-of-five Jack Treeby.
Bill Treeby, 50, and his sons
Billy, 30, and George, 23, were found guilty of murdering Jack
Bill's wife Charity, 51, was
cleared of murder, and also cleared of a secondary charge of
The three men were also found
guilty of the attempted murder of Bill's brother Gary Treeby.
Charity was cleared of that charge.
The four, all of Queen Street,
Paddock Wood, were cleared of attempting to murder and
attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm on Jack Treeby Jnr.
Charity was found guilty of
grievous bodily harm on Gary Treeby.
Mr Treeby, 43, died in Quarry Road,
Maidstone, on December 27, after being run over by a Range
His brother Gary Treeby, 40, was shot
in the leg at point blank range and badly beaten.
The trial lasted nine weeks with
four family members in the dock.
Judge Andrew Patience QC spent just
over two days summing up, following closing statements by the
prosecution and defence, which also lasted several days, before
sending the jury out on Wednesday.
Three of the four defendants gave
evidence, with only George Treeby not taking the witness stand.
The court heard that violence
erupted after Billy Treeby was said to have "grassed" Jack, of
Sunderland Road, Rainham, over benefits claims during an argument
in the Harrow pub, Lidsing, on Christmas Eve last year.
The jury saw CCTV images of the
scene, which captured much of the incident as it happened. The only
incident not captured was Jack Treeby being run over, which
occurred while the tapes were being changed.
Jurors heard Bill Treeby claim he
fled the scene having been shot at twice, but had never owned a
Range Rover, while his son Billy Treeby claimed his father was
driving the car.
Charity Treeby, known as "Charty",
claimed she had screamed "leave him alone" when she had come across
Gary Treeby being beaten, although she had not known it was him
After the incident, the Range Rover
was found burnt out.
The judge warned the packed public gallery that the verdicts
from the jury of eight women and four men should be taken in
silence. Extra police officers were drafted in.
Charity Treeby wept in the secure dock, while there was no
reaction from her husband and two sons. Jack Treeby's widow Karen
also wept, as did two female jurors.
Excusing jury members from duty for 15 years, Judge Patience
said it had been "a sometimes distressing case".
Sentence was adjourned because Billy Treeby's QC Sally O'Neil
was not available to mitigate.
The four will return to Maidstone
Crown Court next Wednesday for sentencing. They have all been
remanded in custody.
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