A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a Portuguese man in Crawley. Joao Esteves, 45, from the Lisbon area of Portugal, was found with serious head injuries at 3.25am on 19th January 2014 in an alleyway between Stephenson Way and Haslett Avenue East.
Daniel Palmer, of Maunsell Park, Station Hill, Crawley, has been charged with murder and remanded in custody to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. Two men aged 33 and 48 and a 22-year-old woman, all from Crawley, have been released on bail while officers investigate.
Although we have charged Daniel Palmer with killing Mr Esteves, we still need the public's help. We believe Mr Esteves was attacked along Haslett Avenue East cycle path, opposite Three Bridges football club, where two footpaths meet at a pedestrian crossing. We think many people will have driven past the path either during or after the attack and may have seen something. They may not have come forward yet because they have not realised the gravity of what has happened there or did not realise a crime had been committed. "
– Detective Inspector Sean Kelly, Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team
He said they needed anyone who drove past the scene between 2.30am and 3.25am on Sunday to get in touch. Inspector Kelly added that people might think that what they knew was not relevant, but it could be vital to the investigation.
A Portuguese man who was killed in Crawley over the weekend, may have come to this country in search of a better life. Today, the Portuguese community in the town have spoken of their shock after the victim was found unconscious in an alleyway.
Three men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are still being questioned by police. Charlotte Wilkins sends this.