17-year-old charged with murdering HMRC adviser

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with the murder of HMRC employee Paul Jefferies, Sussex Police has confirmed.

Jefferies’ career at the tax authority spans over 20 years, having most recently served as a policy adviser focusing on personal tax.

His body was discovered at his home in Coggins Mill Lane in Mayfield on 25 February after Sussex Police were contacted over concerns that he had not been seen for a number of days. His body was discovered with multiple injuries.

The boy from Crowborough, East Sussex, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of killing Jefferies on 23 February. He will be remanded in custody until 3 March, when he will appear before Lewes Crown Court.

Yesterday he appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court via videolink charged with Jeffries’ murder.

A 17-year-old girl from Eastbourne, a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, both from Crowborough, who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, have all been released on bail until 21 April pending further enquiries.

A HMRC spokesperson said: “Paul will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts are with those closest to him at this very difficult time.”

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