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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 October, 2004, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Charges over prison guard murder
Aaron Chapman
Mr Chapman also worked as a doorman
Three men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a prison officer.

Aaron Chapman, 23, from Sutton, died after being stabbed in the chest at his home in December 2002.

Mark Dorling, 36, from Crystal Palace and John Gordon, 33, from Croydon, both in south London, and James Pearson, 38, of Kingswood, Surrey, were all charged.

They appeared before magistrates in Sutton on Saturday and will appear next at the Old Bailey on 22 October.

Aaron Chapman, who was also a part-time doorman, was found by police with wounds to his chest at his home.

The prison officer, based at Highdown Prison, Banstead, Surrey, was taken to the nearby St Helier Hospital but died in the early hours of the following morning.

The three men were also charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

Pearson was also charged with firearms offences including possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition.

Two other men arrested by officers investigating the murder have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.


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