Sussex

Murder charge over Jacob Woudstra stabbing in Hastings

Scene of the stabbing in Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings
Image caption Flowers and tributes have been left at the scene of the stabbing in Mount Pleasant Road

A man has been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed in the chest in East Sussex.

Adam Skilton, of Wilton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, is accused of killing student Jacob Woudstra outside the Shah pub in Hastings on Thursday.

Mr Skilton, 42, who is also accused of perverting the course of justice, was remanded in custody before Hastings magistrates on Monday.

He will next appear at Lewes Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Wesley Long, 34, of High Street, Hastings, also appeared at the court accused of perverting the course of justice.

An application for bail by Mr Long was refused and his case was adjourned to Lewes Crown Court on 22 June.

A 31-year-old man from Rye, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 19-year-old Hastings man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

A post-mortem examination showed the victim died from a single stab wound to the chest.

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