Police charge husband with double murder after his teacher wife and their neighbour found dead


Police charge husband, 37, with double murder after his teacher wife, 32, and their neighbour, 76, were found dead in suburban street

  • Daniel Appleton was charged on Friday with killings in Crawley Down, Sussex
  • He will remain in custody until he appears at Crawley Magistrates’ Court 
  • Amy Appleton and Sandy Seagrave were both found in street on December 22

A husband has been charged over the deaths of his wife and their neighbour who were found dead in a suburban street.

Daniel Appleton, 37, was charged on Friday with the double murder in Crawley Down, West Sussex.

His teacher wife Amy Appleton, 32, and their elderly neighbour Sandy Seagrave, 76, were both found dead outside a house in the area just after 10am on December 22.

It is thought that Ms Seagrave had been trying to intervene to stop a man attacking Mrs Appleton on the residential street at the time.

Daniel Appleton, 37, was charged on Friday with the double murder in Crawley Down, West Susse. He is pictured above with is wife Amy on their wedding day

Daniel Appleton, 37, was charged on Friday with the double murder in Crawley Down, West Susse. He is pictured above with is wife Amy on their wedding day 

Amy Appleton

Sandy Seagrave

Amy Appleton, 32, and Sandy Seagrave, 76, were both found dead outside a house in the area just after 10am on December 22 in Crawley Down, West Sussex

Neighbours said that they heard a man shouting before both women were found ‘bludgeoned’ to death.

Police arrived on the scene to discover Daniel Appleton inside a house with serious injuries before arresting him on suspicion of murder. 

Neighbours said that they heard a man shouting before both women were found 'bludgeoned' to death. Pictured: Officers at the scene in December

Neighbours said that they heard a man shouting before both women were found ‘bludgeoned’ to death. Pictured: Officers at the scene in December

Police arrived on the scene to discover Daniel Appleton inside a house with serious injuries before arresting him on suspicion of murder

Police arrived on the scene to discover Daniel Appleton inside a house with serious injuries before arresting him on suspicion of murder 

The suspect was rushed to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, in a ‘very unstable condition’ before he was put on life support. 

He was finally released from the hospital on Friday and officers arrested him a short time later. 

Appleton remains in custody and will appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday.  

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