NEWS

30 Sep 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn secure conviction of Mark Love on charges of murder and aggravated burglary

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Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed by the South Eastern Complex Case Work Unit of the CPS, have secured the conviction of Mark Love on charges of murder and aggravated burglary.

In relation to the aggravated burglary the prosecution’s case was that Mark Love was one of 4 masked men who smashed their way into the rural home of Kate and George Digweed and then stole cash as well as guns – lawfully owned by Mr Digweed, a championship shot. Considerable and gratuitous violence was used against him during the commission of the offence, which included threatening him with a taser.

About a month later Mark Love – no doubt with others – forced his way into the home of Roy Blackman. Mr Blackman was subjected to a brutal and frenzied attack leading to severe facial and brain injuries which tragically caused his death. The gang made off with a safe thought to contain around £250,000 in cash. Mr Blackman’s body was discovered by his daughter the following morning by which time it had been entirely stripped of clothes. The case centred upon complicated DNA and cell site evidence which was the product of a meticulous police investigation.

Following a 4 week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Mark Love was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 28 years for the murder of Roy Blackman and 12 years concurrent in respect of the aggravated burglary.

Please use the links below for news coverage of the case:-

Kent Online

Evening Standard

Daily Mail

ITV News

BBC News