Darren Croxton death: Teenager guilty of killing father

Darren Croxton Darren Croxton was stabbed to death in Hailsham last year

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A 17-year-old boy has been found guilty of killing a father in East Sussex.

Darren Croxton, 25, was stabbed to death in Bramble Drive, Hailsham, on 22 January last year.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of manslaughter following a trial at Lewes Crown Court, and sentenced to seven years in detention.

Stuart Johnson, 19, of no fixed address, was acquitted of any involvement in Mr Croxton's death.

Friends of Mr Croxton, who had a young daughter and lived in Hailsham, marched along Eastbourne seafront to campaign against knife crime in April.

'Huge hole'

In a statement, his family said: "Darren did not deserve this tragic ending to his young life, he leaves behind a child who has to grow up without her father.

"We are all devastated and feel that the huge hole left in our lives by his death will never be filled."

They thanked everyone who had helped and worked on the investigation "for all their hard work and dedication".

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley, who led the investigation, said: "This has been a tragic set of events and the untimely death of Darren has had a significant impact on his family, relatives and the local Hailsham community.

"I hope that today's verdict will help to give all those who knew and loved Darren some form of closure."

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