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12 November 2013, 16:26
A man has appeared in court charged with murder of 45-year-old Folkestone man Tim Clayton.
54-year-old Brian Sharp of Manor Road, Folkestone was charged with murder and appeared before magistrates in Folkestone on Tuesday (12 November) when he was remanded in custody to appear again at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday (13 November 2013).
Mr Clayton died at the Royal London Hospital, where he was taken to be treated for head injuries, following an assault. He was found in a car park behind Europe House in Pound Way, Folkestone at 8.25am on Saturday (10 November 2013). Investigating officers believe that the assault may have taken place earlier in the morning, at about 3.30am.
Mr Clayton's son and daughter have paid tribute to their father who they want to be remembered as a man who would go out of his way to help others.
They were speaking after setting up a memorial of flowers to him at the top of the town's Road of Remembrance.
Jessica, aged 22, and Jake, 21, have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from their father's friends and a social media group set up in his memory has been joined by 1,000 people.
Jessica said: 'Dad was always smiling. We all knew he had his demons but despite what was going on in his life, he would always go out of his way to help other people.'
Born and brought up in the Folkestone area, Mr Clayton attended Harvey Grammar School and after getting married he lived with his family in Cheriton, Lyminge and Elham. With his brother Simon, he was a keen Liverpool FC supporter.
Latterly he worked at Comet stores in Canterbury, Ashford and Folkestone and some of the most moving tributes have come from former customers of the stores.
Jake said: 'It has been amazing that people have said that they remember him although he may have only served them once. I think it is because he would always do that little bit extra to ensure that customers received a good service.'
Mr Clayton also leaves his parents Anna and John. It has not been possible to set a date for the funeral.