Two Men Charged Over Murder

19 January 2011, 14:36 | Updated: 20 January 2011, 08:38

A second man has been charged by detectives investigating the murder of a man whose battered body was found in a vacant house, police said today.

Mike Zur, 28, is accused of killing Craig Palmer, 39, who was discovered in a top-floor room at a four-storey house in Russell Square, Brighton, on Saturday.

Zur, of no fixed address, will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court today with 40-year-old John Battams, who was charged with murder yesterday.

A post-mortem examination suggested Mr Palmer died from head injuries. No weapons are believed to have been used in the attack.

Three other men, two aged 27 and one aged 37, were freed on bail until dates in March after also being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mr Palmer was of no fixed address but had been living in Brighton for a number of years.

His partner Caroline Bambrick said he was ``a beautiful character who would do anything for anyone''.

The terraced property where Mr Palmer was found had been vacant since last September when the owner died.


Family Tribute

The family of Craig Palmer, found dead at an address in Russell Square, Brighton, on Saturday 15 January, have asked Sussex Police to release their tributes to him.

His mother Jane and stepfather John jointly said; "He was a son in a million and he will be greatly missed."

His daughter Danielle added: "I was always his princess and his baby girl. He was so lovable and he just used to play daft deeds to make us laugh. He always loved my mum and was really supportive of us all. I love him loads and will miss him so much."

His wife Debbie said "We all loved him dearly and wanted him home with us. We had such laughs together and he was such a supportive dad. I just wish he could have come back home."