Crawley murder investigation: Teenager appears in court

Brighton Law Courts
Brighton Law Courts

A 17-year-old charged with the murder of a young man in Crawley has appeared in court.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with the murder of Arnold Potter, from Maidenbower, following his death on Thursday (November 15).

Members of the public and emergency services attempted CPR and tried to save Arnold but he was pronounced dead at the scene, officers said.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Post mortem results returned on Saturday November 17 confirmed he died from being stabbed to the torso.”

Arnold’s family have since paid tribute to their ‘kind-hearted son and brother’. Tributes paid to Arnold Potter

Eight people were initially arrested in connection with the incident.

Police said a 17-year-old boy, from Crawley, presented himself to Crawley Police Station on Friday (November 16) and was charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place (a knife) and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (cocaine).

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday and is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on December 17 for a pre-trial hearing.

Police said three people arrested in connection with the incident have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries. They are:

- A 20-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possession of cannabis

- A 17-year-old boy from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender

- A 24-year-old man from Crawley, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender

Officers added four further people were released without charge.