How DLT downsized to Buckland to pay huge legal fees

Dave Lee Travis's bungalow in Buckland and below, his former sprawling mansion in Mentmore

Dave Lee Travis's bungalow in Buckland and below, his former sprawling mansion in Mentmore

DJ Dave Lee Travis sold his sprawling house in Mentmore and moved to a small bungalow in Buckland to pay for his successful defence against claims he indecently assaulted young women.

His new home near Aston Clinton was bought for less than half the sale price of his beloved former home.

The major downsize is the price the celebrity DJ has had to pay for clearing his name in crown court.

He revealed to waiting media outside the court that the legal costs of his trial had been huge and admitted: “I have had to sell my home to pay for some of the expense.”

The ex-Radio 1 star and his wife Marianne have moved into a three-bedroomed bungalow in Buckland, around seven miles from his former Mentmore property.

Word spread quickly around the village of Mr Travis’ arrival at the start of his four-week trial, although locals appeared fairly blasé about the star’s presence.

The former DJ had been on trial for 13 charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault dating back to 1976, at the height of his fame.

He was cleared of 12 charges of indecent assault with the jury unable to reach a verdict on the other two.

Travis and his wife had lived at Haselden House in Mentmore for more than a decade but put the five-bedroom property, worth £1.19 million, on the market last year.

His new home, Murray Cottage, recently underwent a major refurbishment after the previous owner died.

DLT, real name David Patrick Griffin, moved in with his wife during the first week of his trial.

William Morley bought the land in 1952 and kept animals on it before deciding to build the bungalow Travis now owns.

His son John, who lives with his wife, said of their new neighbours: “They’re quiet as church mice. You wouldn’t know they’re there.

“You have got to feel sorry for anyone that has to flee their home to try and protect themselves.

“I hope he will become a good neighbour.

“I hope he can come back here and live a normal peaceful life.

“I don’t mind who lives nextdoor to use as long as we get on with them.

“It would be nice if he could just get on with his life.”

Another neighbour, who asked not to be identified, described Buckland as ‘one of those places you can be very sociable or keep yourself to yourself’, adding: “I don’t think anybody is particularly fussed by him being here.”


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