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Father & son plead guilty to assault on Crawley man

The victim was taken to hospital with multiple injuries in July after the assault in which one man was, reportedly, in possession of a metal pole.

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A father and son from Crawley have been found guilty of assaulting a man in Bewbush.

Officers attended Apsley Court, Crawley, on 4 July 2017. They were called to reports of a man being assaulted by two other men, one of whom was in possession of a metal pole.

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51-year-old Tony Newman and his 21-year-old son, also named Tony, were arrested and later released under investigation. The victim was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

Following enquiries, the defendants of Murray Court, Crawley, were both later charged with assault on a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Both defendants initially pleaded not guilty to both charges and appeared at Horsham Magistrates’ court on Monday 6 August.

After hearing the evidence, the pair then changed their pleas to guilty. Newman Junior pleaded guilty to both charges and Newman Senior pleaded guilty to assault a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm, but the possession of an offensive weapon charge was dropped by the court.

Crime Investigator Simon Bethune said:

“This was a complicated case with the defendants initially pleading not guilty.

“The pair will be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on 4 September and this reflects the seriousness of the assault.

“I would like to praise the victim and witnesses for their bravery in providing their accounts in court, a task which would have undoubtedly been very distressing.”

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Four charged with supplying class A drugs in Crawley

Three of the four men have home addresses in Crawley. They are due to appear in Court on 10 October.

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Four men have been charged with supplying class A drugs in Crawley following a long running investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Community Investigation Team.

Three of the four men are Crawley residents and the charges include supplying class A drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin.

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27-year-old Laeek Ahmed, of Denchers Plat in Crawley, has been charged with five counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin), possession with intent to supply heroin and three counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 7 January 2017.

Syed Hussain, a 39-year-old, of Heron Close, Crawley, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin and one count of money laundering from 1 to 24 November 2016.

Sarder Bashir, 37-years-old, of Martyrs Avenue in Crawley, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin from 1 to 24 November 2016 and one count of perverting the course of justice from 22 to 25 November 2016.

They are due to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 10 October.

Francis Gomez, 40, of Yeats Close, London, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs – cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, two counts of supplying cocaine and cannabis and two counts of money laundering from 1 September 2016 to 19 October 2017.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 5 October.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack said:

“This case demonstrates our determination to continually review and gather evidence in order to bring charges no matter how long it takes. I would actively encourage the public to provide information that assists us so that we can continue this important work.”

You can report suspicious behaviour or drug dealing at our website or ring 101.

For advice and information about drugs see the Sussex Police drug advice page.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police added:

“We have put increased resources within the Community Investigations Teams, a successfully proven element of the new local policing model, to meet demand better as they deal with crime series, such as burglary and organised crime.”

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