Father of Stephen Frith makes anniversary appeal over his murder in Worthing

A father has made an appeal on the anniversary of his son’s murder in Worthing.

Stephen Frith was found dead in a flat in Tarring Road, West Worthing, shortly before 5.30pm on Friday (October, 27) last year.

He had sustained serious injuries consistent with a physical assault.

Stephen Frith murdered in Worthing in 2017
Stephen Frith was found dead in a flat in Worthing in October 2017.

Stephen’s father, Ian Frith said:

“This not knowing what happened and having no end to the thing is really getting us down.

“My one fear is that because of my age now – I don’t know how much longer I’ve got to go – to end up going without actually finding out what happened is really getting to me.

“It’s a real terrible pain.”

Mr Frith has made an appeal for information about the murder of his son.

It is being supported with a reward of up to £10,000 by the charity Crimestoppers.

Now, police have revealed a smoker of the cigarette brand Rothmans may have significant information.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said:

“Among the evidence collected from Stephen’s flat were several butts from smoked Rothmans cigarettes, but we have not identified the person whose DNA has been recovered from them.

“Stephen was well known in the Worthing area. He was a brother and a son and I am appealing for anyone with information about his death to come forward, especially if they know who was in the flat smoking those cigarettes prior to his death or indeed, recognise themselves as that person.”

Four people from Worthing have been arrested in connection with Stephen’s murder.

They include three men aged 40, 38 and 20 and a 22-year-old woman.

All four have currently been released under investigation.

Anyone with any information on Stephen’s murder is asked to contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively you can report it through the non-traceable online form here quoting Operation Clyde.

Only information provided directly to Crimestoppers will qualify for the reward.