3:55pm Tuesday 8th May 2012
A man charged with murdering a 40-year-old widower who was found stabbed to death at his seaside flat has appeared in court.
Joel Elliott did not enter a plea during the preliminary hearing in front of Judge Richard Brown at Lewes Crown Court today.
The 22-year-old, of North Road, Brighton, is accused of killing Jeffrey Burrows at his home in Norfolk Square, Brighton, East Sussex, where he lived alone.
A post-mortem examination confirmed that Mr Burrows died from stab wounds.
Last week, Mr Burrows' father David Burrows said his son's death left his friends and family "numb" with grief.
He said: "Jeff was a devoted husband, cherished son, beloved brother and most loving uncle. Jeff was a very popular, very well-liked and respected man.
"During his 17 years in Brighton, Jeff made many dear friends. We are all numb in our grief and empty in our souls to know Jeff is no longer with us."
Elliott was remanded in custody and will next appear at Lewes Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on July 6.
A 21-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of murder is on police bail until May 29, pending further inquiries.
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