Father and son freed on bail over murder of golf course body

Posted On 17 Sep 2010 at 3:55 am

Two of the three people charged over the death of a Brighton man have been freed on bail.

Babak Iran, 44, and his son Navid, 23, were remanded on bail by Judge Anthony Scott-Gall at Lewes Crown Court.

They were charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice after the badly burnt body of Stefan Welch was found by golfers just outside Brighton and Hove.

They were bailed subject to a number of conditions, including a surety of £300,000, the surrender of their passports, obeying a curfew from 9pm to 5am and reporting each day to a police station.

The pair, from St Richard’s Road in the Fishersgate area of Portslade, run Georgie’s Bistro, a café in George Street, Hove.

Babak Iran’s son Sean, 21, of the same Fishersgate address, remains in custody.

As well as conspiring to pervert the course of justice, he is charged with murdering Mr Welch, 37, who was living in a hostel in Oriental Place, Brighton.

The body of Mr Welch, who came from Whitehawk, was found in undergrowth at The Dyke Golf Club, across the road from the Devil’s Dyke, on Saturday 4 September.

All three suspects were arrested within a week by Sussex Police.

Sean Iran is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court again on Friday 26 November for another preliminary hearing.

If he pleads not guilty, a trial has been provisionally scheduled to start on Monday 7 March next year.

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