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Thug jailed for killing Portuguese man in Crawley

He'd been in the country for only a few days when he was attacked and killed on the streets of Crawley.

Today a 24-year-old man was jailed for life for murdering Joao Esteves, a Portuguese national who had travelled to England for a job interview.

Daniel Palmer filmed the attack on his mobile phone and sent pictures boasting of what he'd done. A friend who saw them alerted the police.

Tom Savvides has our report with an interview with Detective Chief Inspector Jason Taylor of Sussex Police.

Joao Esteves travelled to Crawley for a job interview

Joao Esteves had travelled to Britain from Portugal for a job interview Credit: Sussex Police

Joao Esteves, 45, from Lisbon in Portugal, had travelled to Britain from Portugal for a job interview but did not have anywhere to stay and was preparing to sleep rough for the night before catching a return flight home from Gatwick.

His body was found at 3.25am on 19 January.


Portuguese man killed in 'unprovoked' attack

"Palmer carried out a cowardly and vicious attack on Joao Esteves, who had done nothing to provoke him.

He refused to answer questions about the attack but we were able to prove with CCTV, DNA evidence and witnesses that he caused Mr Esteves terrible injuries.

Palmer later claimed that he had only acted in self defence, despite the fact that he assaulted Mr Esteves at two different locations.

He even took photographs and filmed his victim after he had carried out the attack that he sent to friends almost as a trophy, as if to brag about what he had done.

Mr Esteves was an innocent visitor to Sussex who had the misfortune to come across a violent thug who took his life."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jason Taylor, Sussex Police

Guilty of murder - The man who took photos of his dying victim.

Daniel Palmer will serve a minimum of 15 years. Credit: Sussex Police

A 24-year-old man has been convicted of battering to death a Portuguese man he found wandering the streets in Crawley.

Daniel Palmer repeatedly punched Joao Esteves, 45, on the forecourt of Kwik Fit, off Haslett Avenue East, on Saturday 18 January before leading his victim to a nearby alleyway where he continued with the assault.

He filmed the injured Mr Esteves using his mobile phone after the attack.

The body of Mr Esteves, from the Lisbon area of Portugal, was found on 19 January. He was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries but died later.

Mr Esteves had travelled to Britain from Portugal for a job interview but did not have anywhere to stay and was preparing to sleep rough for the night before catching a return flight home from Gatwick.

Palmer was jailed for life and told he would serve a minimum of 15 years.

Up to 30 firefighters tackle house fire in West Sussex

Almost thirty firefighters were needed to tackle a blaze in Crawley Credit: Eddie Howland

Firefighters are due to return to a house on Gorse Close in Crawley later to reinspect the site of a fire. The building was almost entirely destroyed after the blaze on Thursday evening.

Emergency services were called to Gorse Close just before 7pm on Thursday

There are no reports of any injuries. Up to thirty firefighters from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service tackled the fire at its height.


Serious crash leaves two people in hospital

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash in Crawley, injuring two people.

Emergency services were called to Breezehurst Drive in Bewbush at around 2:45am this morning to a car that had collided with a tree.

The car had lost control, hit the central reservation and then into the tree.

The driver, a 21-year-old man from Crawley and his passenger, who is 25-years-old and from Twekesbury, were both taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Packard.

Concern grows for missing Sussex teenager

Jessica Pusey hasn't been seen since Saturday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing teenager Jessica Pusey from Crawley. Jessica, 13, of Warren Drive, was last seen on Saturday at 9pm outside her home.

Police believe she maybe in the Brighton area as she has family and friends there. Jessica is described as white, 5' 3", with shoulder length brown hair, blue eyes and well built. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms.

PC Ben Whitehead said: "We are concerned for the welfare of Jessica because of her age. If you have seen her or know of her whereabouts, please contact police." Ring 101 or email quoting serial 1640 of 07/06.

Man left with fractured skull after attack

A 22-year-old man suffered a fractured skull after an argument outside a Co-op in Crawley. It happened at around 1am on Saturday morning on the Parade, shortly after the 'Bringing it Back' dance event in the Grasshopper Pub in Tilgate.

A 36-year old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and a 34-year old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. Both were released on police bail until 13 August.

Have you seen this man?

Jean Leveque Credit: Sussex Police

Police say a family is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing man from Crawley.

42 year old Jean Leveque was last seen by a friend two weeks ago. He lives in Hawth Close but is often seen in the town centre and Three Bridges area.

He is described as black with short black hair and a pierced right ear and is believed to be wearing a fleece jacket and jeans.

PC Mark Green said: "His family are concerned for his welfare as this is very out of character for him to be out of contact for so long. We are appealing to anyone who has seen him to make contact with us on 101 quoting serial 1251 of 22/5."

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