Murder accused appears in dock

A 26-YEAR-old accused of murdering another young man today appeared in court.

Laurence Cawley

A 26-YEAR-old accused of murdering another young man today appeared in court.

The emergency services were called to Cavendish Way in Sudbury at 12.16am on Saturday to reports that a man had been stabbed.

The injured man - Lewis Watson, 23, of Rubens Road in Sudbury - was taken to West Suffolk Hospital but died an hour later.

Andrew Rowlands, 26, of The Croft in Sudbury, was charged with his murder on Sunday.

This morning he appeared before District Judge David Cooper at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court.

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Rowlands appeared in the dock dressed in a black long-sleeve top and with a shaven head. He hopped up the stairs holding a crutch.

Rowlands spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the brief hearing.

Nikki Miller, prosecuting, told the court how feelings were currently running high in Sudbury in the aftermath of the alleged incident.

No plea to the charge of murder has yet been entered and the case was put off for a preliminary hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on October 8.

No application for bail was lodged on Rowlands' behalf by his solicitor Declan Gallagher.

Rowlands was remanded in custody until his first hearing at the crown court by Judge Cooper.

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