60-year-old Jonathan Stasuik has been charged with murdering pub landlord Gerry White in amongst woodland at a community garden in Lake on the Isle of Wight on Bank Holiday Monday.
Former chef and gardener Stasiuk, of Pier Street in Sandown, has been charged with a single count of murder. He will appear before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (Thursday).
As previously reported by Island Echo, Police were called to the area surrounding Scotchells Brook Lane on Monday evening after receiving a report that a man in his 70s had been seriously assaulted. Officers found Mr White in amongst woodland off the Byway SS18. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
73-year-old Gerry White, who originally came from Dublin, was a former councillor for Lake North and chairman of Lake Parish Council. He had helped to set up Lake Community Gardens on 16 acres of land near Lake, Ningham and Shanklin, which is where his body was found earlier this week.
Family and friends paid tribute to Mr White earlier today.
Stasiuk was known to Mr White of Talbot Road, Sandown. No other persons are being sought in connection with the incident at this time.
Specialist forensic investigators have been conducting a fingertip search of the Lake Community Gardens since late on Monday night. Investigations are continuing at this time and the scene remains on lock down.
Anyone with information relating to this incident, including those in the area between 15:30 and 18:30 on Monday, is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting Operation Sage.