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Man in court over nunchaku death
Ricky Butler and Jade Pemberton
A photo of Ricky and his girlfriend Jade Pemberton was released
An 18-year-old man has appeared in court accused of murdering a teenager who was attacked with a martial arts weapon outside a Halloween house party.

Ricky Butler, 15, from Roffey, Horsham, West Sussex, died in hospital after being hit with a nunchaku.

Unemployed Richard Martin, of Heath Way in Horsham, is charged with his murder as well as causing actual bodily harm to a 16-year-old boy.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 19 November.

Mr Martin was at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Monday after being charged by police on Sunday.

We are left with a hole that we will never fill
Family statement

Ricky was at a fancy dress party at a flat in Horsham when he was attacked in the early hours of Saturday.

His family said they had lost "an amazing son, brother, friend, nephew, cousin and boyfriend".

"He was the life and soul of the party and was always on the guest list," they said in a statement released through Sussex Police.

"As a family we are left with a hole that we will never fill."

They also said they hoped a "tag wall" could be put up at Roffey Recreation Ground in memory of Ricky's passion for graffiti art.

Weapon missing

He attended The Forest School in Horsham, and West Sussex County Council said educational psychologists would be going there to counsel pupils and staff.

Head teacher of the boys' comprehensive, Siobhan Denning, said: "Ricky's sudden death has left the school in shock.

"We will mourn his passing in an appropriate way in the near future."

The weapon has not been found and police urged residents in Horsham to check their gardens.

A nunchaku is made up of two wooden sticks joined by a chain or rope.

The other injured teenager required stitches for head injuries.

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