Drugs ‘gardener’ murder trial is halted by judge

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THE trial against four men charged in connection with the death of Murray Thompson has been stopped by the judge.

The jury at St Albans Crown Court heard on Monday that matters had arisen and Judge Stephen Gullick told them: “I am going to have to discharge you from returning verdicts in this case.”

The four men on trial were James Evans, 22, Lee Sullivan, 46, Amit Agar, 31, and Shafakat Khan, 32.

Previously the court heard that Murray, 34, who lived in St Albans but worked at Gil-Lec in Apsley, was a ‘gardener’ at a cannabis factory who was murdered by another worker.

His body was then disposed of and it has never been found.

Murray vanished in April 2010 after going to one of five properties where skunk was being produced.

The prosecution alleged he was murdered by Evans in a flat above St Albans Road in Watford.

The court was told no motive was known for the killing but there were tensions among the gang following the failure of a crop.

Evans, of Bushey Mill Lane in Watford, denied murder, conspiracy to produce cannabis and two counts of doing acts to pervert the course of justice.

Sullivan, of Hudson Close in Watford, alleged to be the ‘boss’ of the cannabis operation, denied perverting the course of justice and four charges of intimidating a witness. He had pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce cannabis.

Agar, of Parkfield in Chorleywood, denied perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to produce cannabis and intimidation of a witness.

Khan, of Rose Gardens in Watford, denied perverting the course of justice.