Crime

Cornwall Magician Accused of Murdering Teacher and Attempting to Kill Neighbour Appears in Court

A magician and a churchwarden, accused of murdering a teacher and attempted murder on an elderly neighbour have appeared in court.  The accused, Benjamin Field a 28-year-old churchwarden, and Martyn Smith a 32-year-old magician, appeared at High Wycombe Magistrate Court on Wednesday. They also face charges of fraud and theft of rifles.

Thames Valley Police launched a double murder inquiry in January, looking into the deaths of Maids Moreton residents, Peter Farquhar, 69, and Anne Moore-Martin, 83. Mr Farquhar, a guest lecturer at the University of Buckingham died on October 26,2015, and Ms Moore-Martin who lived three doors down was a retired headmistress.

Field, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to murder both victims, one count of murder of Mr Farquhar, one count of murder for Ms Moore-Martin, two counts of fraud and three counts of burglary.

Smith, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to murder both victims, one count of murder of Mr Farquhar, one count of murder for Ms Moore-Martin, one count of fraud, and two counts of burglary.

They are also accused of stealing a French Carbine rifle, an African long gun, a Martini-Henri rifle in April 2016, and committing fraud through false claims.

Field faces an added charge for theft of a cardigan and a bottle of Drambuie.

Both were remanded in custody and are due to face Oxford Crown Court on Thursday morning.

Another 22-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit fraud by false representation and other charges, has been released under investigation.

 

 

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