Teenager pleads not guilty to murder of 18-year-old man in Newhaven

A teenager has pleaded not guilty to the murder of an 18-year-old man in Newhaven, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 4:18 pm

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Lewes Crown Court on Friday (January 24), and entered a not guilty plea, the CPS said.

He is due to appear before the same court for a pre-trial hearing on May 1, the CPS confirmed.

A trial date has been set for June 22.

Colin Oliver Wells, known as Ollie, has been named as the victim of a fatal stabbing in Newhaven on Monday night. Photo: Sussex Police
Colin Oliver Wells, known as Ollie, has been named as the victim of a fatal stabbing in Newhaven on Monday night. Photo: Sussex Police

Oliver Wells, 18, known as Ollie, tragically died after being stabbed at a house in Elphick Road, Newhaven, at the junction with Ship Street in Newhaven, at 11.30pm on January 6.

The 18-year-old, who had autism and was from Eastbourne, faced many challenges which left him vulnerable and he was often misunderstood by others, his family said in a tribute.

They added: “Ollie was a much loved member of our family. Due to his autism, Ollie had substantial needs which meant that over the last couple of years we were not able to care for him within the family home, however he was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by us all.”

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