Teenage suspect is refused bail following Hailsham murder charge

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THE TEENAGE boy accused of murdering father-of-one Darren Croxton in Hailsham last month has been remanded to a Young Offenders’ Institute until his trial.

The 16-year-old boy’s legal team made an application for bail before a senior judge at Lewes Crown Court on Monday.

His lawyers had asked for him to be released on bail so he could return to his family but the bid was refused.

He will now be remanded to a Young Offenders’ Institute.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons as he is under 18, is charged with murdering Darren Croxton during a pre-planned fight in woods off Bramble Drive in Hailsham on Sunday January 22.

Twenty-five-year-old Mr Croxton, who lived in The Diplocks, was rushed to hospital but died early the following morning from a stab wound.

The teenager initially appeared before Eastbourne magistrates on Thursday morning amid high security and there were tense scenes as he was brought into the dock.

Extra police officers and security were called in for the five-minute court hearing.

Members of Mr Croxton’s family were in the public gallery and one man hurled abuse at the teenager.

The teenage boy will appear back at Eastbourne Youth Court on February 23 to be formally committed to the crown court.