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Crawley Down man pleads ‘not guilty’ to double murder as date set for trial

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Daniel Gary Appleton, 37, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, is to face trial over the deaths of both his wife Amy Appleton, 32, and another woman, Sandy Seagrave, 76, of Kiln Road, Crawley Down, outside his property on Sunday, 22 December, 2019.

Appleton appeared by video-link at a plea and trial preparation hearing (PTPH) at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (25 February) where he entered not guilty pleas to both murders.

His defence barrister, speaking on Appleton’s behalf, admitted his responsibility for both killings.

The trial is set for 6 July.

At the opening of inquests into the two women’s deaths at Centenary House, Crawley, on Tuesday 7 January West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield heard that post-mortem examinations had shown both women had died from head injuries.

Those hearings were adjourned until Tuesday 28 April.

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Fear of job losses in Crawley as Chiquito looks to go into administration

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The owner of Chiquito restaurants has made the decision to file a ‘notice of intention to appoint an administrator’ as the chain faces huge losses over its closure during the coronavirus pandemic.

In explaining to their staff the decision, the owners said that since closing it was unlikley that the restaurant would have any income for 2 to 3 months or potentially longer if the current social distancing measures failed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

They added that the Group that owns the chain believed the severity of the impact of the coronavirus pandemix would result in ‘Chiquito Limited becoming loss making for the year end 27th December 2020’.

The filing of the notice does not mean the chain will be going into administration but that they were keeping open options of which one could be to appoint administrators.

The decision will worry staff members who are already in uncertain times over pay during the lockdown.

Staff have already been told that all employees would get paid as normal on Monday and the company was awaiting details of the Job Rentention Scheme before making any further decisions.

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