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Family face-to-face with man accused of Sussex road rage murder

By Tom Pugh

The son of a retired solicitor has come face-to-face in court with the man accused of stabbing his father to death in an alleged road rage murder.

Andrew Lock was among relatives of 79-year-old Donald Lock who sat in the public gallery at the first court appearance of Matthew Daley.

Daley (34) is accused of repeatedly knifing great-grandfather Mr Lock after their cars were involved in an alleged minor shunt.

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.

He was on his way back from a gathering of members of Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club when he was stabbed multiple times.

At Crawley Magistrates Court, Daley, of St Elmo Road, Worthing, was remanded in custody after being charged with murder. He is also charged with possession of a knife in a public place.

Daley, who was handcuffed in the dock and dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address at the three-minute hearing.

Prosecutor Beata Murphy said the charge of murder could only be dealt with at the Crown Court.

As he sat in the dock with two security officers, magistrate Simon Buck-Honour told Daley that he will make his next appearance at Hove Crown Court today.

Yesterday's appearance came after relatives spoke at the weekend of their sadness at the death of Mr Lock, who was due to become a great-grandfather for the sixth time later this year.

Son Andrew said Mr Lock - who was married to Maureen for 55 years - was "full of wisdom, full of wit, always calm".

A keen traveller, he had been looking forward to 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.

Before Daley's appearance, tearful members of Mr Lock's family hugged each other for support as they told of their sadness and thanked members of the public who battled to save his life.

His voice cracking with emotion, Mr Lock's son Andrew said: "On Thursday evening dad was taken from us in what can only be described as an horrific and unprovoked attack.

"Our whole family are absolutely devastated with the loss of someone who can only be described as gentle, kind and loving."

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