Man murdered in Mayfield cottage '˜was one of George Osborne's aides'

The 52-year-old man who was murdered at his home in Mayfield last week was an adviser to Chancellor George Osborne's Treasury team, according to national newspaper reports.

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 9:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 9:49 am
Photo by Eddie Mitchell.

Paul Jefferies was found dead at his cottage in Coggins Mill Lane on Thursday, February 25 after his employers raised concerns with police that he had not been seen for a few days.

Reports in the national press say Mr Jefferies worked for HMRC for more than 20 years as a senior official who ‘helped shape Government tax policy’.

A 17-year-old boy appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday, March 1) charged with the murder of Paul Jefferies.

The boy from Crowborough, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of killing Mr Jefferies on Tuesday (February 23).

The boy, who appeared in court via videolink, was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday (March 3) for a preliminary hearing.

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