Sussex

Haywards Heath stabbing: Two charged over James Fitzgerald death

James 'Jimmy' Fitzgerald Image copyright Sussex police
Image caption James 'Jimmy' Fitzgerald was stabbed in his hometown of Haywards Heath

Two men have been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a cyclist in West Sussex.

Craig Ghochani, 28, of Barn Cottage Lane, Haywards Heath, and James Creaghan, 28, of Gowers Close, Ardingly, have also been charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

James Fitzgerald, known as Jimmy, was attacked at about 20:20 GMT on Friday in Barn Cottage Lane, Haywards Heath, and died on route to hospital.

His family said they were "devastated".

In a statement, they described the 29-year-old as "well-loved by the community".

The family said Mr Fitzgerald "made mistakes" and became a "lost soul" after the death of his mother.

"This is terrible news. We would like to thank the police and the people that tried to save Jimmy before the medical staff got to him. May Jimbo rest in peace," the family said.

Five people were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder.

A 21-year-old and 23-year-old were released under investigation, and a 51-year-old man was released with no further action.

Police have asked for any witnesses to contact them.

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