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Teenager guilty of knife attack murder in Crawley

Kai Gasson guilty of murder Photo: Sussex Police

A teenager who stabbed and killed a man in Crawley has been found guilty of murder.

Kai Gasson from Crawley, who's 17 and unemployed, admitted using a lock knife to injure Arnold Potter.

However, he claimed he did so in self-defence.

Arnold Potter stabbed to death Credit: Sussex Police

Arnold Potter, who was 24-years old, was found collapsed in the street after being stabbed in Watson Close, Maidenblower on November 15th, 2018.

He died shortly afterwards.

It's alleged that in the events leading up to the attack, the defendant had been approached in the street by Arnold, who is reported to have held a knife to his throat and threatened to rob him of his drugs.

In response to this, Gasson withdrew a knife from his bag and used it to stab Arnold

Kai Gasson has been found guilty of the murder of Arnold Potter and now faces a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

A replica of the knife used Credit: Sussex Police

Gasson was also been found guilty of possession of a knife and pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine. Knife crime hasn’t just affected the two individuals involved, it has also affected their families, friends and the wider community and my thoughts our especially with Arnold’s family at this time. The devastation caused by knife crime is well documented, and Sussex Police, like every other force in the UK, will not tolerate it. We must continue to educate people, particularly young people, that carrying offensive weapons in public is a serious offence which ruins lives. It is a common misconception that some people feel safer in possession with a knife. This cannot be further from the truth; carrying a knife makes you far more likely to be involved in a crime, whether you are the victim or the offender. Our message is simple: lose the knife, not your life.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson