Two brothers charged with murdering their uncle in hit-and-run crash

Father of five Jack Treeby was murdered in an hit and run incident on Sunday in Maidstone, Kent

Father of five Jack Treeby was murdered in an hit and run incident on Sunday in Maidstone, Kent

Two brothers appeared in court today charged with murdering their uncle in a hit-and-run crash.

Father-of-five Jack Treeby, 43, died after being hit by a vehicle in Maidstone, Kent, on Sunday evening.

His nephews, Billy Treeby, 29, and George Treeby, 22, both of Queen Street, Paddock Wood, were remanded in custody by Maidstone magistrates during a five-minute hearing.

They also each face a charge of attempting to murder Jack Treeby's brother, Gary Treeby, who suffered gunshot wounds and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The brothers' court appearances came a day after their mother, Charity Treeby, 50,  was remanded in custody charged with murder in relation to the same incident.

All three of those charged will attend a preliminary hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on January 18.

Meanwhile, detectives were today continuing to question a 49-year-old man held yesterday on suspicion of murder.

Officers were called to Quarry Road in Maidstone after reports that two men had been hit by a vehicle and gunshots were heard in the area.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Treeby died of multiple head and chest injuries.

A third man was treated at the scene for minor injuries after being hit by a vehicle.

A Ford Mondeo was set on fire at the scene and was removed for forensic examination.

A second vehicle, a Range Rover, was found burnt out in Tong Lane, Lamberhurst, on Tuesday night and has also been recovered for forensic analysis following a public appeal for help in tracing it.

Jack Treeby's wife, Karen, from Rainham, Kent, paid tribute to her husband following his death.

She said: "Jack was a loving, caring father and husband who worshipped his wife and children.

"He did not deserve what happened to him. I feel like my heart has been ripped open.

"We have been robbed of a wonderful, caring, loving man who will live in our hearts forever."

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