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.
Thanks to the justice system of this country the two accused have been found guilty of the crime they committed, which as far as we're concerned was the only possible outcome. They showed no remorse for their action and all who were there on that fateful night will live with this on their conscience forever.
In time to come they will be free again and maybe they would have learnt their lesson. We, the family, will never be free of our pain and suffering.
– Chris Poole's brother Rick
We would like to thank Sussex Police for its meticulous and thorough hard work in bringing these criminals to justice. Also for the professional but caring and sensitive dedication they have shown us since that first terrible day. We also wish to thank our prosecuting counsel - Mr Farmer for his excellent work and commitment to the case from the outset. We would also like to thank Nick May, Wendy Burton, Clinton Novelle, Andy Mountford-Laker, Hannah Rayner and Alli Mundi for their tireless efforts in making sure we were all protected and cared for throughout this ordeal.
– Chris Poole's brother Rick
Christopher's life was taken from us by two ruthless people and all those who knew him are united in the grief we feel at the loss of a wonderful son, brother and friend who leaves behind a heartbroken partner Penny and four children.
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."