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Crawley man tells of face to face confrontation with murderer Mark Dixie

By This is Sussex  |  Posted: July 09, 2009

  • ARGUMENT: Joe Samuels came face to face with the murderer back in 2006.

  • KILLER: Mark Dixie is now behind bars for the brutal murder.

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A BOUNCER has spoken of the moment he came face to face with a murderer.

Joe Samuels was involved in a Crawley town centre fracas with evil Mark Dixie - an incident which led to the murderer being brought to justice.

After the row, police arrested Dixie and took his DNA sample.

This was then used as the key evidence for his arrest for the brutal murder of 18-year-old Croydon model Sally Anne Bowman.

Mr Samuels, of High Street, Crawley, said: "Who knows, if we hadn't had the argument, he might not have been caught.

"He just seemed like he couldn't care less. I remember he looked mad, he was really drunk."

The fracas between the pair happened in June 2006 following the World Cup match between England and Trinidad and Tobago.

Footage of the Crawley arrest was shown in the documentary Sally Anne Bowman - Murder On The Doorstep: Real Crime, which was shown last Monday (June 29) on ITV.

Mr Samuels, 24, said: "It was after the match. I went to meet my friends outside JJB Sports and I could see they were having an argument.

"My friends started to walk away, when Dixie shouted something racist.

"I turned around and asked him to repeat what he said. It was completely unprovoked. He didn't need to say that, and I suppose he knew he would get a reaction.

"It ended up with an argument taking place, he pushed one of my friends and then the police turned up and arrested him."

Mr Samuels, who works as a door supervisor, added: "I'm so glad we had that argument now.

"I'm happy he is behind bars, because if he hadn't pushed my mate, he might still be walking the streets as a danger."

SNARED IN CRAWLEY

THE News revealed last year how Crawley Police helped to catch evil Mark Dixie.

Police had been looking for the killer of Sally Anne Bowman (pictured) for nine months.

The budding model was killed in Croydon in September 2005 after Dixie stabbed her repeatedly.

It was only when DNA was taken from him after he was arrested by Crawley police that he was caught.

Dixie is currently serving a minimum of 34 years in prison.

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    Brad, Perth WA  |  January 16 2010, 11:20PM

    I was threatened by Mark Dixie (AKA Shane Turner) holding a chefs knife to my throat because I was a waiter in the cafe he worked in Western Australia. The man is an absolute sicko...I hope he rots inside or gets what he deserves.

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