Connor case court appearance

Connor Saunders, aged 19, died on Sunday after a fight on Saturday Photo: ITV Meridian

A 14-year-old boy will appear in court today charged with the manslaughter of promising young footballer Connor Saunders.

The teenager from Brighton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of killing the 19 year old, who died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on Sunday morning after an argument in the street on Saturday night.

The youth has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court this morning.

Mr Saunders, of Downsway, Woodingdean, Brighton, is believed to have received a forceful punch during an altercation between two groups of people in West Street, Rottingdean, East Sussex, between 10.30pm and 10.55pm on Saturday.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr Saunders died from injuries consistent with trauma to the head.

Two boys, aged 13 and 14, who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed until May 8.

Following Mr Saunders' death, childhood friend and former X Factor star Frankie Cocozza.Cocozza tweeted: "My life will never be the same."

He began the message with the #cs26 hashtag, which has been used by Sussex Police in messages about the incident.

He also used the social networking site to ask people to join the Saunders family at Tesco in Rottingdean last night, near where the teenager died, to say a prayer for his friend.

Peacehaven and Telscombe Football Club released a statement saying they had lost a "wonderful person and talented footballer".

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Markby, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.