Guy Hedger was at home with his husband when he was killed

A suspect accused of shooting dead a businessman in a botched burglary said he had “no involvement” in the crime, a court has heard.

Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the raid at his home in Ashley, Dorset, in the early hours of 30 April.

Jason Baccus, Scott Keeping and Kevin Downton all deny murdering Mr Hedger.

Their trial at Winchester Crown Court heard the latter answered “no” when asked by police if he had discharged a firearm at the house.

Mr Downton told officers in interview: “I have no involvement in that address and I have no involvement in that murder.”

Visited friends

Jurors were told how the defendant claimed he had been shopping at Toys R Us in Poole buying a birthday present for his daughter on the evening of the murder.

He said he visited “two or three friends” on the way home but declined to name them.

The defendant said he could not remember what time he returned home, but had checked the cost of watching a boxing match online but had found it too expensive to watch.

Scott Keeping, Kevin Downton, Jason Baccus deny murder while Helen Keeping denies assisting an offender

Diamond jewellery and watches were among items stolen in the botched burglary, during which Mr Hedger was shot.

Mr Downton of Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford and Mr Baccus, 42, Mr Keeping, 44, both of Verney Close, Bournemouth, all deny murder.

Helen Keeping, 40, from Poole, denies two charges of assisting an offender.

The trial continues.

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