Three men appear in court charged with cold case murder of student, 24, found dead in abandoned building three days after attending NYE party
- Billy Henham, 24, was found dead at a disused building in Brighton in 2020
- The student was last seen at a New Year’s Eve party, just three days earlier
- Three men appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court court charged with murder
Three men have been charged with the murder of a 24-year-old student who was found dead in a disused building, police have said.
Billy Henham, from Henfield, West Sussex was found by police at a disused building in Brighton on January 2, 2020.
The student, who was studying at Ravensbourne University in London, was last seen at a New Year’s Eve party, just three days earlier.
Four men were arrested in connection with the murder by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team on May 20 this year, but one was later released without any further action.
Alize Spence, 18, from Ealing, Lamech Gordon-Carew, 19, from Hampton and Gregory Hawley, 28, of no fixed address, have now been charged with murder.
Billy Henham (left and right), from Henfield, West Sussex, was found by police at a disused building in Brighton on January 2, 2020
The three men appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday morning.
They confirmed their names and addresses and were not asked to enter pleas.
Mr Henham was found dead in Brighton after officers attended the property following a report of concerns for a person.
Police are still appealing for help to find Dushane Meikle, 27, in connection with the investigation.
Mr Meikle from Hove has links to the city and London and should not be approached by the public.
Detective Superintendent Alex Geldart said: ‘We are urging anyone who sees Dushane Meikle or has information on his whereabouts to dial 999 immediately. Please do not approach him.’
In a statement released after Mr Henham was found, his family said: ‘Our son Billy was a man who walked his own beat, creative and independent.
‘His gentle demeanour and belief that the world was a friendly place meant he made himself vulnerable at times.
‘His guardian angel who had looked after him on so many other occasions sadly lost sight of him on New Year’s Eve.
‘He was killed for reasons that we cannot fathom.
Sussex Police are still appealing for help to find Dushane Meikle, 27, in connection with the investigation
‘He was a kind and peaceful man who would happily talk and listen to those he came across in life.
‘We will remember Billy’s life with a smile and miss his gentle ways, smiling face and auburn hair.
‘His death has left a huge hole in our family.’
The three accused will appear again at Lewes Crown Court on Monday.