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Road rage murder accused 'has psychiatric and mental health issues'

Published 21/07/2015

Matthew Daley (right), who is charged with murdering great-grandfather Donald Lock in an alleged road rage incident, has 'mental health issues', a court has heard
Matthew Daley (right), who is charged with murdering great-grandfather Donald Lock in an alleged road rage incident, has 'mental health issues', a court has heard

Clear "psychiatric and mental health issues" exist in the case of a man accused of stabbing to death a retired solicitor, a court has heard.

Lawyer Barry Cheeseman made the disclosure as he represented Matthew Daley at his first Crown Court appearance for the alleged road rage murder of 79-year-old Donald Lock.

Daley, 34, wearing a grey sweatshirt, appeared in front of Judge Shani Barnes at Hove Crown Court via video-link from HMP Lewes in East Sussex.

Daley is charged with murder and possession of a knife in a public place after allegedly repeatedly stabbing great-grandfather Mr Lock after their cars crashed.

Cycling enthusiast Mr Lock, who had recently been given the all-clear from prostate cancer, died at the scene on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex, last Thursday.

Mr Cheeseman told the court: "There are clear psychiatric and mental health issues in this case."

Psychiatric reports relied upon by the defence will be served by September 21.

Daley, of St Elmo Road, Worthing, will next appear at the same court on September 25 for a plea and case management hearing.

Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said the Crown would provisionally be ready for any trial in the week beginning October 9.

Remanding Daley back into custody ahead of his plea hearing, Judge Barnes said: "It's clearly a tragic case but it's also a high-profile case."

Paying tribute at the weekend, Andrew Lock said his father - who was married to wife Maureen for 55 years - was "full of wisdom, full of wit, always calm".

A keen traveller, the pensioner had been looking forward to going on a cruise with his wife next month before heading to Scotland for a holiday.

As well as his wife and son, Mr Lock, a Brighton and Hove Albion season ticket-holder, leaves daughter Sandra, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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