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Stabbing victim was 'loving father'

A 37-year-old man found stabbed to death has been described by his family as a "loving father who idolised his children" as a man appeared in court charged with his murder.

Graham Pethard, from Liverpool, was found seriously injured in a flat in Taunton Road, Brighton, East Sussex, on Saturday morning.

Police believe he had been attacked with a six-inch kitchen knife.

Paramedics were called to the property at 5.20am but were unable to save his life and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Carlo Dawes, 34, of Taunton Road, was named by police at the weekend as a suspect in the case and he was charged with murder following his arrest on Sunday.

He was remanded into custody at Brighton Magistrates' Court to reappear at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday, according to Sussex Police.

The family of Mr Pethard said in a statement released through police: "Graham was a loving father who idolised his children. He was also a father figure to his friends and all who ever knew him.

"He was the sort of man who would be there before anyone and for anyone.

"He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his four lovely daughters."

Detective Inspector Phil Mays, from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased who are receiving help and support from local officers." He added that a knife had been recovered from the crime scene and the police cordon is being lifted later.

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