A candlelit vigil has been held to remember a schoolgirl murdered 20 years ago in Kent.
Melissa Crook, her father and their baby son were killed in a house fire. Her ex-husband and an accomplice have been found guilty of murder.
Post mortem revealed victim died after suffering a blunt injury to her head
– Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard, Sussex Police
It is clear from evidence that Lauren Bishop instigated the attack on Lea Williams and sent Clarke and Phillips to carry it out. The reward for Phillips for carrying out her instructions was sexual favours, which he received later that evening. Phillips claimed to be a good friend to Lea, however the offer of sexual favours from Bishop meant more to him than that friendship as he took part in this brutal attack and tried to blame Clarke.
Clarke claimed he had suffered blackouts and had no memory of what had happened but so compelling was the evidence, he has also been found guilty of murder."
Two men and a woman have been found guilty of the murder of a homeless man. Lea Williams was an alcoholic and his home for the last year was an archway under the promenade in Hove, that looked onto the pitch and putt course.
The court heard that Lauren Bishop had confronted Mr Williams after he swore at another person while drinking with a number of homeless friends, including Michael Clark and Edward Phillips, near Portland Road, Hove, in February. She then threatened him that it wasn't over yet.
Clark and Phillips then committed the murder "at the behest or request" of Bishop. Williams was struck 20 to 30 times possibly with a metal railing he kept for protection.
Two men and a woman have today (Friday, November 1) been found guilty of the murder of homeless man Lea Williams in Hove in February this year.
After a five-week trial at Lewes Crown Court, a jury found jobless Michael John Clark, 51, of Trafalgar Street, Brighton, and Edward Phillips, 49, also unemployed with links to Brighton, guilty of murdering Lea Williams.
Lauren Bishop, 36, of Eastbourne Road, Seaford, was also found guilty of conspiracy to murder Lea Williams. They will be sentenced on Monday, November 4.
The jury in the trial of two men accused of murdering a homeless man in Sussex has returned with a guilty verdict. The body of Lea Williams was discovered on Hove seafront where he had been sleeping rough. A woman has also been found guilty of conspiracy to murder.
The defence and prosecution are summing up in the trial of two men accused of murdering a homeless man in Sussex.
The body of Lea Williams was discovered on Hove seafront where he had been sleeping rough.
The 45-year-old died from severe injuries to his head and face.
The two men deny murder.
Detectives investigating the death of an Italian man in Maidstone have charged four Lithuanian men with his murder.
26-year-old Aleksandras Zuravliovas of Beaumont Road in Maidstone, Tomas Gelezinis who's 30, and of Lower Stone Street in Maidstone, Saulius Tamoliunas who's 23, and of Union Street, and 21-year-old Linas Zidonis of no fixed abode have been charged with the murder of 19 year-old Jeole Leotta.
The four men have been remanded in custody and will appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court via a video link on 24th October. A 30-year-old man has also been arrested in connection with the incident, becoming the 10th suspect to be arrested.
A man who was charged with the murder of a 5-week-old baby girl will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court today.
Mark Sandland, who is 27-years-old was arrested on 11th November last year on suspicion of murdering Aimee-Rose Sandland following an incident at his home in St Leonards.
The baby girl died on the 9th November at Kings College Hospital, London, after the incident on the 5th November.
A man has been charged with the murder of his five-week- old daughter in St Leonards last year.
Mark Sandland, 27, of Cambridge Road, Hastings, is accused of killing Aimee-Rose Sandland following an incident at his home in St Leonards on November 5.
She died on 9 November at Kings College Hospital, London.
Sandland will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday 3 October.
As part of a murder investigation in Portsmouth, detectives used cat DNA for the first time to convict a man of killing his friend. Scientists were called in by Hampshire detectives after the victim's body was found dismembered on Southsea beach. Stacey Foster has more.
A man has been jailed for a minimum of 25 years for murdering his estranged wife in the middle of Brighton in February. Sangeeta has the details.