Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have now charged five people following a murder in Tunbridge Wells.

Xhovan Pepaj, aged 25, was found fatally injured in Caley Road, at around 3.15am on Saturday 4 December 2021. He had sustained multiple injuries consistent with stab wounds.

A post-mortem examination has taken place and the victim’s next of kin have been informed.

An investigation has led to the arrests of seven people, and on Tuesday 7 December the Crown Prosecution Service authorised a charge of murder for an 18-year-ol man from Hornchurch and a 17-year-old boy from Ilford.

They were also charged with conspiring to commit robbery and on the following day appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court where they were remanded in custody.

On Wednesday 8 December, officers also charged an 18-year-old man from Ilford; a man aged 25 from Romford and a 28-year-old man from Brentwood with conspiracy to commit robbery.

The man from Brentwood was further charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

These three men were due to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 9 December.

Two other suspects arrested in connection with the investigation, a 41-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, remain on police bail pending further enquiries.

By Ed

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