A TEEN appeared in court accused of murder.

The boy, 16, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was charged over the death of 18-year-old Ollie Wells in Newhaven on Monday.

Police were called to Ship Street in the town at 11.30pm.

The area was cordoned off after Mr Wells was stabbed to death.

His family said it was “devastating” news and said he was much loved.

They said: “Ollie was a much loved member of our family.

“He had autism and faced many challenges which left him vulnerable and he was often misunderstood by others.“He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by us all.”

Yesterday a 16-year-old appeared in the dock at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

He wore a grey tracksuit as he sat alongside two security officers.

District Judge Tessa Szagun presided over the hearing, and explained the procedures to the boy, whose family sat in the back of court.

Suzanne Soros represented the prosecution, while Cathy Walker represented the boy.

Judge Szagun remanded him in youth custody, to appear at crown court tomorrow.