Jury find driver guilty of killing passenger

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A MAN has been found guilty of manslaughter after he hit a man with his car following a dispute in Bognor.

Walter Brazil, 42, of Collyer Avenue, Bognor, had denied murdering 20-year-old Charlie Hancock on May 13.

The jury found him not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. He has been jailed for 12 years.

A trial at Lewes Crown Court heard the two were travelling in a Chrysler Voyager vehicle being driven by Brazil. There was an argument and Mr Hancock got out of the car. Brazil then hit him with the car and drove off.

Mr Hancock, of Nyetimber Lane, Pagham was taken to St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, but died from a severe head injury in the early hours the following day.

Brazil was arrested and charged with murder.

Detective Inspector Wendy Burton from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: ‘We are pleased that Charlie’s family have got justice for his death. This has been a difficult time for them and our thoughts and sympathies are with them.’