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27th February 2020

Daniel Gary Appleton, 37, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, is to face trial over the deaths of both his wife Amy Appleton, 32, and another woman, Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, outside his property on Sunday, 22 December, 2019.
Appleton appeared by video-link at a plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH) at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (25 February) where he entered not guilty pleas to both murders.
His defence barrister, speaking on Appleton's behalf, admitted his responsibility for both killings.
The trial is set for 6 July.
At the opening of inquests into the two women's deaths at Centenary House, Crawley, on Tuesday 7 January West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield heard that post-mortem examinations had shown both women had died from head injuries. Those hearings were adjourned until Tuesday 28 April.

Police are investigating after a woman reported being raped in Hassocks.
The victim said she was approached from behind by an unknown male around 6pm on Monday (February 17) near Dale Avenue. The suspect is described only as a light skinned Asian man wearing a dark blue hooded jumper.
T/Detective Sergeant Martin Alchin-Gadd of the Crawley Safeguarding Investigation Unit said: “The victim is being supported by specialist officers at this time. 
"This incident took place close to the main road in Hassocks at a time when many people would have been going about their day. 
"We would like to hear from anybody who saw anyone resembling the description given by the victim, or anyone who heard anything unusual.”
Anybody with information is asked to report online or call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Op Erwood.

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