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Eastbourne house fire killings: two men convicted of murder Brighton News

A DRUG trafficker and his executor were convicted of the murders of a mother and her young son for the debts of his partner.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard burned down a property in Croxden Way, Eastbourne, with a can of gasoline and a cigarette lighter.

Gina Ingles, 34, and her son Milo Ingles-Bailey, just four, were killed inside the house fire, while Ms Ingles’ partner Toby Jarrett escaped through a window with burns all over his body.

Brighton Crown Court has learned of how Jacob Barnard, the King of Drugs, wanted to send a message to the drug world about unpaid debts.

So, along with Andrew Milne, he traveled to Croxden Way and lit the flames in the early hours of July 10, 2018.

Now, after a six-week trial, a jury has found the two men guilty of murdering Ms Ingles and Milo and the attempted murder of Mr Jarrett.

Brighton Magistrates' Court

Brighton Magistrates’ Court

The two men face life imprisonment and Judge Philippa Whipple will hand down her sentence on Friday.

As the verdict was read, Barnard claimed he was “accused” but the judge told him to shut up.

A third man, John Tabakis, 30, has been convicted of aiding an offender and will be sentenced separately.

Kate Lumsdon QC, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Jarrett owed his dealer John Sanders £ 400, who in turn owed £ 1,800 to ‘top man’ Barnard who was leading the drug operation from Portugal.

Ms Lumsdon said: “It was a particular drug debt and the general message to the whole drug community – don’t mess with this line of drugs.”

The prosecution revealed how Kingpin Barnard, 31, was found in possession of drugs and weapons where he lived in Portugal and was convicted.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

Portuguese police found a “debtors list” which showed how Sanders owed him money.

Meanwhile, Milne, 42, acted as an “executor” for Barnard.

It has been claimed that Milne offered former neighbor Wayne Dedman to work alongside him as a drug debt collector.

Ms Lumsdon said she had been offered work to go to an apartment in Eastbourne, force their way in, detain those present and “mark” them – that is, cut the debtor off with a knife.

Ms Lumsdon said: ‘The reason for doing this job was that’ he was just a ‘junkie’ in Eastbourne who owed his mate money in Portugal. ‘

Mr. Dedman later borrowed a hammer from Milne, who requested it because it was his “special hammer,” and Mr. Dedman said he would need to erase his DNA from the gun as he did not want to be linked to a violent crime.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

A police raid on Milne’s home found a horde of weapons in a shed he shared with his girlfriend, which included knives, an expandable baton, a Taser, gloves and a balaclava.

Ms Ingles and Milo died from smoke inhalation as flames passed through their home in the early hours of July 10, 2018.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

Firefighters found a can of gasoline and a cigarette lighter outside the main entrance, with Milne’s DNA on the gas can and Barnard’s DNA on the lighter.

The prosecution said a Mercedes linked to Barnard was driven to Eastbourne in the wee hours of the morning and driven out of town shortly after the fire towards Hastings.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

Andrew Milne and Jacob Barnard were convicted of the murders of Gina Ingles and Milo Ingles-Bailey and the attempted murder of Toby Jarrett in a house fire in Croxden Way, Eastbourne in July 2018.

Tabakis then drove the vehicle to Portugal to get rid of it.

Barnard, of Eastbourne and Portugal, was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Milne, of Hastings, was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.

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Source: www.theargus.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-05-27 13:42:21