Two local murder trials begin this week

Darren Croxton
Darren Croxton

Two separate murder trials began at Lewes Crown Court yesterday (January 14).

The first case happened in Hampden Park and two teenagers stand accused of murdering local man Chris Poole.

Shane Noble, 19, of no fixed address, and a 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are both charged with murdering Mr Poole, who died after an incident outside the Premiere Store in the Hydneye on August 16.

Both defendants appeared in the dock together yesterday while the jurors were selected. A jury of seven women and five men were sworn in and the trial will be opened today (January 15).

It is expected to last around three and a half weeks. The 15-year-old is on bail and Noble has been remanded in custody.

At the same time, also at Lewes Crown Court, two other men appeared over the death of Hailsham dad Darren Croxton who died almost a year ago.

Mr Croxton was discovered collapsed in the road with knife injuries to his leg. The incident happened in Bramble Drive, Hailsham, on the afternoon of January 22 last year.

Eighteen-year-old Stuart Johnson, of no fixed address, and a 16-year-old boy, who also cannot be named because of legal reasons, were charged with his murder and have remained in custody since.

The trial is expected to last around eight weeks. A jury, also of five men and seven women, were sworn on to the jury yesterday and the trial will be opened today (January 15).