Police charge husband, 37, with double murder after his wife and neighbour beaten to death

A husband has been charged over the deaths of his wife and their neighbour who were beaten to death 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.

Daniel Appleton, 37, was charged on Friday with the double murder in Crawley Down, West Sussex, after his teacher wife Amy, 32, was found dead in a residential street alongside the couple's elderly neighbour. Pictured: Daniel and Amy Appleton at her graduation in 2010

Daniel Appleton, 37, was charged on Friday with the double murder in Crawley Down, West Sussex, after his teacher wife Amy, 32, was found dead in a residential street alongside the couple's elderly neighbour. Pictured: Daniel and Amy Appleton at her graduation in 2010

Daniel Appleton, 37, was charged on Friday with the double murder in Crawley Down, West Sussex, after his teacher wife Amy, 32, was found dead in a residential street alongside the couple’s elderly neighbour. Pictured: Daniel and Amy Appleton at her graduation in 2010

Sandy Seagrave

Sandy Seagrave

It is thought that Sandy Seagrave, 76, had been trying to intervene to stop Mrs Appleton being attacked on the residential street at the time. Both women were found dead outside a house a short time later

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.

Neighbours said that they heard a man shout ‘I’m going to kill you’ 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 shout 'I'm going to kill you' before both women were found 'bludgeoned' to death. Pictured: Officers at the scene on December 22

Neighbours said that they heard a man shout 'I'm going to kill you' before both women were found 'bludgeoned' to death. Pictured: Officers at the scene on December 22

Neighbours said that they heard a man shout ‘I’m going to kill you’ before both women were found ‘bludgeoned’ to death. Pictured: Officers at the scene on December 22 

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

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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