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Two teenagers have been found guilty of a murder that shocked a Sussex town. Described by friends as a 'gentle giant', Chris Poole was kicked and beaten to death outside shops in Eastbourne after being picked on by a gang of youths.
After a three-week trial at Lewes Crown Court, 19 year old Shane Noble of no fixed address and a 15-year-old boy from Eastbourne have been remanded for sentencing next month. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Two teenagers have been found guilty of the murder of Chris Poole, who was viciously assaulted in Eastbourne last August.
Two teenagers have been found guilty of murdering Chris Poole in Eastbourne, following a three week trial at Lewes Crown Court.
Shane Noble, 19, of no fixed address, and a 15-year-old boy from Eastbourne have been remanded for sentencing on 15 March.
The court had heard that Mr Poole, 46, had gone to the Premier convenience store in The Hydneye on the evening of 16 August and on leaving the shop he became involved in an altercation with a group of teenage boys.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick May headed the investigation, said: "What happened next was horrific. Mr Poole was left with fatal injuries after being viciously punched and kicked to the head. The attack can only be described as a senseless act of violence.
"Our thoughts are very much with Mr Poole's family who have sat through the trial with great dignity, hearing very distressing evidence about what happened that night. I hope the verdict brings them some comfort."