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Torture case against five men dropped

PUBLISHED: 10:19 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010

THE trial of five men accused of torturing a finance advisor over a big money deal have had the case against them dropped.

THE trial of five men accused of torturing a finance advisor over a big money deal have had the case against them dropped.

Anthony Saunders, 47, from Whyteleafe in Surrey, Antony Walker, 22, of Brighton Road, Purley, Keith Crisp, 55, of Haynes Road, Beckenham, Terence Hierons, 48, of Headley Drive, New Addington and David Dixon, 31, also of Whyteleade, appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday.

The five had pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to make a demand for money and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm on Michael Brandon on May 17 last year at a house in Abbots Way, Beckenham. Prosecution evidence was interrupted when information was received, and Judge Nicholas Ainley told them: "There have been matters of considerable complexity."

Formal verdicts of not guilty were returned on all five men.

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