Teenage girl among four in court over Basildon murder


Four people including a 15-year-old girl are to appear in court charged with the murder of man who was stabbed to death.

Lorry driver Darren Kelly, 42, from Basildon, Essex, died on Tuesday night.

Chris Carroll, 20, of Pevensey Close, Pitsea in Essex, a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, both of Pitsea, and a boy aged 16 from Basildon have been charged with murder.

They have been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

A 13-year-old girl from Basildon who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until December 16, Essex Police said.

Mr Kelly, who lived in Voysey Gardens, died at Basildon Hospital after he was found with stab wounds in Caister Drive at around 9.30pm on Tuesday.

His daughter Zoe, who last saw her father on the morning of his death when he took her to work, has spoken of the family's devastation.

She said: "I'm heartbroken and to know he's not going to be round the corner any more is very hard.

"I miss him so much already and it still doesn't feel real, but I hope that wherever he is now he's at peace.

"I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I say that he's going to be truly missed."

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and the provisional cause of death was multiple stab wounds and blood loss.