Wednesday 28 September 2016

Road-rage accused faces family of victim in court

Tom Pugh

Published 21/07/2015 | 02:30

Family members of Don Lock leave Crawley Magistrates Court in West Sussex following the appearance of Matthew Daley
Family members of Don Lock leave Crawley Magistrates Court in West Sussex following the appearance of Matthew Daley
Matthew Daley

The son of a retired solicitor came face-to-face in court with the man accused of stabbing his father to death in an alleged road rage murder.

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Andrew Lock was among relatives of 79-year-old Donald Lock who sat in the public gallery at the first court appearance of Matthew Daley.

Daley (34) is accused of repeatedly knifing great-grandfather Mr Lock after their cars were involved in an alleged minor shunt.

Cycling enthusiast Mr Lock, who had recently been given the all-clear from prostate cancer, died at the scene on the A24 near Worthing, West Sussex, last Thursday.

He was on his way back from a gathering of members of Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club when he was stabbed multiple times.

At Crawley Magistrates' Court, Mr Daley, of St Elmo Road, Worthing, was remanded in custody after being charged with murder. He is also charged with possession of a knife in a public place.

Mr Daley, who was handcuffed in the dock and dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the three-minute hearing.

Prosecutor Beata Murphy said the charge of murder could only be dealt with at the Crown Court.

As he was sat in the dock with two security officers, magistrate Simon Buck-Honour told Mr Daley that he would make his next appearance at Hove Crown Court today.

Yesterday's appearance came after relatives spoke at the weekend of their sadness at the death of Mr Lock, who was due to become a great-grandfather for the sixth time later this year.

Son Andrew said Mr Lock - who was married to wife Maureen for 55 years - was "full of wisdom, full of wit, always calm".

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