Eastbourne man denies attempting to murder father

A man has denied attempting to murder his terminally ill father on a hospital ward in East Sussex.

Joseph Peachey, 48, is alleged to have tried to suffocate Albert Peachey while visiting him at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Mr Peachey, of Badlesmere Road, Eastbourne, denied the allegation during a plea and case management hearing at Hove Crown Court.

He was remanded into custody and will go on trial on 20 June.

Peachey also pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray and four counts of assault on two policemen and members of hospital staff as they tried to detain him on 20 December last year.

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