Connect with us

News

Kai Gasson jailed for Crawley street stabbing murder

Published

on

A teenager who stabbed a man to death in a street has been jailed for life.

Kai Gasson, 17, had denied the murder of Arnold Potter in Crawley but was convicted and ordered to serve at least 15 years.

Reporting restrictions were lifted at Lewes Crown Court so unemployed Gasson, who lived in Crawley, could be named.

Mr Potter, 24, died in Watson Close, Maidenbower, on 15 November after he was wounded in the torso with a lock knife.

After the hearing, Det Ch Insp Andy Richardson said Gasson “rightly” faced a minimum of 15 years behind bars after the jury rejected his claim that he acted in self-defence after a row about drugs.

“Had Gasson not been in possession of a knife that day, he would not have stabbed anyone and he would not now be facing a sentence,” he said.

“We must continue to educate people – particularly young people – that carrying offensive weapons in public is a serious offence which ruins lives.”

Gasson was also found guilty of possessing a knife and admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

After the court case, a family tribute issued through police said Mr Potter was a caring, kind-hearted man who had been loved by many.

The family said: “Please educate your children about knife crime, as it impacts every member of your family.

“Life goes on, but life will never be the same again for us.”

Follow BBC South East on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram

Read this and more articles at BBC Sussex

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Babes in the Wood: Russell Bishop’s ex accused of perjury

Published

on

Jennifer Johnson is alleged to have lied during the first trial of Russell Bishop in 1987.

Read this and more articles at BBC Sussex

Continue Reading

News

West Wittering Beach re-opens with online bookings

Published

on

Hundreds of vehicles are turned away from popular West Sussex beach as it re-opens to the public.

Read this and more articles at BBC Sussex

Continue Reading

News

Coronavirus: EasyJet plans up to 4,500 job cuts

Published

on

The airline says up to 30% of its workforce will go as it struggles with the slump in demand for air travel.

Read this and more articles at BBC Sussex

Continue Reading

Popular

© 2019 The Crawley Comet | Privacy