Drug enforcers killed mum and son, 4, in fire to ‘send message’ over unpaid debt
Two thugs burned down a family’s home and killed a mum and her four-year-old son over an unpaid drug debt.
Gina Ingles, 34, and her son Milo Ingles-Bailey tragically died in the blaze in Eastbourne, East Sussex on July 10, 2018.
Toby Jarrett, 29, Gina's partner, escaped through a first-floor window and sustained severe burns.
The couple had an outstanding drug debt, Brighton Crown Court heard.
Kingpin Jacob Barnard, 32, and enforcer Andrew Milne, 42, torched their property with a petrol can and cigarette lighter.
The jury was told that Barnard wanted to send a message to other customers over unpaid debts, The Argus reports.
Barnard was arrested in Portugal in December 2018 for drug offences and sentenced to eight years in prison.
A year later, he was interviewed by Sussex Police officers and extradited to the UK.
Milne was detained on July 28, 2020, in relation to the investigation.
Detectives found gloves, a balaclava, knives, and a taser in his shed.
After a six-week trial, both men were found guilty of the two murders and one count of attempted murder.
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A third man, 30-year-old John Tabakis, was found guilty of assisting an offender.
He drove the car they used during the attack to Portugal after the fire broke out.
Senior Investigating Officer, Gordon Denslow, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "Gina’s and Milo’s family have had to endure a long and painful wait to find out what really happened that night, and why.
"They have been forced to relive the terrible loss of their loved ones once again during this trial.
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"I am grateful to the court and in particular to the members of the jury who have reached what I have always believed to be the right, and the only conclusion that could be drawn from the evidence presented to them over the last six weeks.
"This was a carefully planned, cowardly, but horrific attack carried out by Barnard and Milne in the middle of the night against a defenceless family.
He added: "Whilst there is sadly nothing that can ever be said or done to undo the events of that tragic night, I can only hope that this outcome provides some comfort to Gina’s and Milo’s family, who have acted with remarkable patience and dignity throughout this prolonged investigation."
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