Father charged with murder of terminally-ill son given bail

A father charged with murdering his terminally ill son was granted bail yesterday when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court.

Andrew Wragg, 36, of Worthing, West Sussex, who is facing trial for murdering his 10-year-old son Jacob, who suffered with Hunter's syndrome, hugged and kissed his mother Anne and other family members.

Earlier he had been led into the East Sussex court in handcuffs. His brother Chris said: "I speak for the whole family when I say it is with pure relief that Andy has been released on bail. That's all I can say."

Mr Wragg's solicitor, Oscar Vincent, said: "Mr Wragg is immensely relieved to be granted bail. Over the past week he has had somehow to put up with the death of his son, several days of police questioning and a remand into a prison environment.

"Granting bail now allows him time to spend with his family, to grieve properly for the death of his son, to deal with funeral arrangements and to prepare properly for the trial. We would like to thank the media and people who have written in for their support."

Judge Richard Brown adjourned the case until 22 October, when a plea will be entered, before granting bail in private. Mr Vincent declined to outline the bail conditions.

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