Benjamin Field appeals against murder conviction. David Jeremy QC for the appellant.

Benjamin Field, the churchwarden jailed for life for murdering the author Peter Farquhar, in order to inherit his estate, appealed against his conviction.

Mr Field, was accused of entering into a fake relationship with Mr Farquhar, in order to get him to change his will.  Mr Farquhar died in Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire, in 2015, and a jury found Field guilty of murder last year.

Mr Field was also accused of plotting to kill Mr Farquhar's neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, 83, at his trial at Oxford Crown Court, but was found not guilty.

Field admitted to duping both Mr Farquhar and Miss Moore-Martin into fake relationships with him as part of a plot to get them to change their wills, but denied any involvement in their deaths.

David Jeremy QC was instructed to defend at trial by Neil Jarvis, of Reeds Solicitors. The case received considerable press attention during trial. Please see coverage from the BBCSky News, the Telegraph, the Times, the Independent and the Guardian.

The appeal against conviction took place on Thursday 28th January 2021.  The matter has been reserved for judgment. 

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