St Leonards flat fall murder suspects re-bailed

Five people arrested in the murder enquiry into the man who fell to his death from a flat in St Leonards on New Year's Day have been re-bailed.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 2:11 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:21 am
Daniel Dawson died after falling from flats in Charles Road, St Leonards, on New Year's Day. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police SUS-170301-162543001

Daniel Dawson, 25, died after falling from the flat in Charles Road in the early hours of January 1, just after 4.45am.

Three men aged 35, 26 and 29, and two women aged 29 and 24, all from St Leonards were arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed until yesterday (Thursday, March 2).

They have been bailed further until May 4, while enquiries continue.

Forensic teams at the scene of the fall. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Only one man, the 29-year-old, is still arrested on suspicion of murder, while the women and the men, aged 35 and 26, are now arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

The 35-year-old man is also arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and attempting to possess cannabis, a Class B controlled drug.

During the early hours of the morning, Mr Dawson fell through the corrugated plastic ceiling of a kitchen annexe in a basement flat.

Despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The flats on Charles Road where Daniel Dawson died. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

It is thought he fell from a parapet four storeys up after an incident in another flat within the same terrace.

Mr Dawson’s family said in a statement after he was formally identified by police two days afterwards: “Dan lived his life to the full and was the life and soul of the party.

“He is sadly missed, as he always will be, by his mum, sister, brother, family and friends.

“We would respectfully ask that we are now left to share our grief in private and peace.”

Forensic teams at the scene of the fall. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Anyone with information is asked to email [email protected] or phone 101, quoting Operation Masefield.

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The flats on Charles Road where Daniel Dawson died. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

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