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West Molesey man sentenced for the murder of his brother

A man who killed his brother, has today (13 May), been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison at Lewes Crown Court.

Danny Craze, (DOB 20/08/1987), from West Molesey, was sentenced after a jury last week unanimously found him guilty of the murder of his brother Louis Craze, 26, following a 10-day trial. 

The court heard how officers were first called to an address in Bishop Fox Way just after midday on 18 November 2023, after receiving a 999 call reporting that a man had been stabbed inside a house.

On arrival, Louis was found inside the property and, despite the best efforts of officers and paramedics, he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The post-mortem determined that Louis had died from a single stab wound to the heart.

Due to a combination of compelling witness testimony, significant statements made by Danny, and blood evidence, Danny Craze was arrested for the murder of his brother that afternoon.

The fatal stabbing took place following a verbal altercation between the brothers and during the trial, Danny attempted to argue that his brother walked into the knife that Danny was holding to protect himself. However, witness testimony, CCTV footage, digital and forensic evidence proved that this was not the case.

Paying tribute to Louis, his family said: “The only word to describe how the family is feeling is heartbroken. We would ask that people appreciate that this is a sad and tragic time for the family and that we are left alone to grieve for Louis in peace whilst we try to understand what has happened.”

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Hicks, said: “Firstly, my thoughts and condolences are with the family of Louis Craze who have been left devastated by the death of Louis and the circumstances surrounding it.

“A senseless act of violence not only took the life of Louis but also rippled out to affect his loved ones and the local community.

“This has been a very complex and sensitive case, but I would like to thank the investigation team for working tirelessly to ensure we had a comprehensive case to put to the jury and to get justice for Louis.”

Louis Craze is pictured below.

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