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The 37-year-old husband beat the 76-year-old Good Samaritan to death


A Good Samaritan who came in to prevent a man from killing his wife was beaten to death himself with her own walking stick, a court told a court.

Sandy Seagrave, 76, stepped in when she saw Daniel Appleton, 37, hit his wife Amy, 32, in the driveway of their detached suburban home in Crawley, West Sussex, a few days before Christmas last year.

When the tiny 4 & # 39; 9 & # 39; Pensioner saw the attack, he crossed the street to demonstrate with him.

He turned to her and cursed her. Then he took her walking stick from her and killed her with it, Hove Crown Court heard.

The jury then heard Appleton, who ran a garage business, turn his attention back to his wife, Amy, who was trying to hide.

Teacher Amy Appleton introduced herself with her husband Daniel Appleton when she graduated in 2010

Amy Appleton, 32

Sandy Seagrave, 76

Amy Appleton (32) (left) and Sandy Seagrave (76) (right) had sustained catastrophic head injuries and were pronounced dead on the scene

He approached her and beat her to death with the same walking stick that he had used to kill Miss Seagrave.

Then he went back to his house and tried to commit suicide, stabbing himself in the chest at least five times with a large kitchen knife, cutting his neck, and cutting his thighs to sever the femoral arteries.

Both women were pronounced dead on the scene, but he was hospitalized and survived.

Appleton was tried today for the double homicide that occurred days before Christmas last year.

Wearing a purple shirt and dark pants, he admits he killed the women, but denies the murder, claiming it was the result of a psychotic episode.

However, prosecutors claim Appleton adopted a synthetic form of LSD and was high when it launched the attacks.

37-year-old Daniel Appleton hit his 32-year-old wife Amy in the driveway of their detached suburban home in Crawley, West Sussex, days before Christmas last year, a court heard

37-year-old Daniel Appleton hit his 32-year-old wife Amy in the driveway of their detached suburban home in Crawley, West Sussex, days before Christmas last year, a court heard

Hove Crown Court heard that an interview with a psychiatrist Appleton admitted using magic mushrooms – a natural hallucinogen – years ago.

However, forensic searches of his cell phone revealed that he had been looking for "worse mushrooms, worse mushrooms, bad mushrooms and strongest mushrooms" just 11 days before the murders.

Prosecutor Nick Corsellis QC said the defendant's hair samples and sections of nails showed the presence of 25i-NBOMe – a highly potent synthetic version of LSD and mephedrone.

Experts believe both drugs could be responsible for his violent psychotic behavior and could have been present at the time of the attacks on Sunday December 22nd last year.

Mr. Corsellis told the jury, “Mr. Appleton had a psychotic episode. The key question for you in this trial is: Was his mental state due to illicit drug use or was it the result of a temporary mental (psychotic) breakdown for which the accused is innocent?

"This is not a case where the defendant has already received reports or diagnoses of mental illness or alcohol problems."

He said: "The defendant accepts that he was responsible for the death of his wife and that of a passerby whom he had never met."

Hove Crown Court heard that Appleton and his wife, Amy, met 13 years ago and got married in 2018, having recently returned from a belated honeymoon.

Appleton, who ran a garage business, and his wife, the teacher at the nearby Copthorn Junior School, had no children and are believed to have been happy together.

At 10.15 a.m. on Sunday, December 22, 2019, the neighbors heard an almighty argument between the couple.

Ivonne Greenwell, who lived next door, heard Appleton scream, “I've had enough of this! I am done with it! & # 39;

She thought of calling the police, but when she heard him yell, "I could murder you!" She immediately dialed 999, heard the court.

When she was on the phone, she looked out the window and saw the defendant walking down his driveway. He was wearing only a pair of boxer shorts with "his chest puffed up and arms raised slightly to the side," the jury was told.

Mr. Corsellis said, “At the same time, she saw an elderly lady – Sandra Seagrave – walking with a cane / crutch. She walked over to the defendant and saw them saying words like "How dare you!" Said to him.

Daniel Appleton, 38, is pictured in court above on October 24th

Daniel Appleton, 38, is pictured in court above on October 24th

The court heard that Sandra Seagrave was "old school and pretty much her own fashion and someone who would tell you if she didn't agree with you".

Mrs. Greenwell saw him push the pensioner over and yell at the defendant through her window, "Dan, don't do it, stop it."

But he raised the cane over his head and repeatedly dropped it on the pensioner's head, heard the court.

Janet Spragg, who lived nearby and was out with her dog, witnessed the attack and shouted "No" as he pushed the old woman over.

She described him as "possessed" and said he was "on a mission like nothing stands in his way".

The court heard that Amy Appleton was lying on her driveway near the Audi TT and had sustained a serious injury to the back of her head.

As the neighbors rushed to help her, Appleton emerged naked from the house and shouted, "Oh, you didn't think my dick was like that, did you?"

Then he turned to Gary Wigzell, who was looking after an unresponsive Ms. Appleton, and said, "This is my wife, Amy – I killed her."

Neighbor Susan Kipps described Appleton as "on another planet, as if he had lost the conspiracy".

The process continues.

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