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Rothman's smoker may hold clue to Worthing murder

08 Nov, 2018 09:03 News Witness Appeals
Rothman's smoker may hold clue to Worthing murder

A Rothmans smoker could hold the key to solving the murder of a Worthing man who died a year ago.

Stephen Frith, 58, was found dead in a flat in Tarring Road, West Worthing, shortly before 5.30pm on Friday, October 27, last year. He had sustained serious injuries consistent with a physical assault.

His father, Ian, has described not knowing exactly what happened to him as a 'terrible pain'.

Now, in an anniversary appeal for information about his murder, backed by a reward of up to £10,000 by the charity Crimestoppers, police have revealed that the smoker of a particular brand of tailor-made cigarettes may have significant information.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "Among the evidence collected from Stephen's flat were several butts from smoked Rothmans cigarettes, but we have not identified the person whose DNA has been recovered from them.

"Stephen was well known in the Worthing area. He was a brother and a son and I am appealing for anyone with information about his death to come forward, especially if they know who was in the flat smoking those cigarettes prior to his death or indeed, recognise themselves as that person.

"I also urge anyone else who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area between 7pm on Wednesday, October 25 October and 5.25pm on Friday October 27 or who may have other information to get in touch."

Ian Frith, Stephen's father, speaking from his home in Lancing, said: "This not knowing what happened and having no end to the thing is really getting us down. My one fear is that because of my age now - I don't know how much longer I've got to go - to end up going without actually finding out what happened is really getting to me. It's a real terrible pain."

DCI Heater added: “It has been a year since Stephen’s body was discovered. His family have described him as someone with ‘a big heart’ and they deserve an answer as to how he died and at whose hand."

Four people have been arrested in connection with his murder: three men aged 40, 38 and 20 and a 22-year-old woman, all from Worthing. All four have currently been released under investigation.

If you have any information on Stephen’s murder, please contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at quoting Operation Clyde. Only information provided directly to Crimestoppers will qualify for the reward.


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