Two men remanded on murder charge

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Two men charged with the murder of Jason Martin-Smith in Hastings in 2001 have been remanded into custody.

Mark Searle, 36, from St Leonards, was charged with the murder of Mr Martin-Smith on August 22, 2001 as well as conspiracy to kidnap and perverting the course of justice.

Steve McNicol, 42, from Hastings, was charged with the murder of Mr Martin-Smith on August 22, 2001 and conspiracy to kidnap.

Both men appeared before Hastings Magistrates via video link on Friday (February 27) and were remanded into custody. They both appeared before the Crown Court in Brighton yesterday (March 2) and were further remanded into custody. They will next appear on May 22 at a court venue to be decided.

The two men were arrested along with two other men on February 25.

One man, who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Mr Millen, was released on bail until May 21. Another man, who was arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Martin-Smith, and conspiracy to murder Mr Millen was released on bail until April 2.