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Three sentenced after violent Eastbourne death

Hayley Whittaker and Rossi Henderson have pleaded guilty Credit: Sussex Police

Two men and a woman have been jailed for their roles leading up to the violent death of a man in an Eastbourne street.

Lee Molineau, aged 46, died at Hurstwood Park neurological unit in Haywards Heath on Wednesday 31st July after being assaulted a week before.

Ruby Heard, 26, from Seaford who originally pleaded not guilty, changed her plea to guilty and was sentenced to eight months in prison but will not spend time in jail because of time spent in custody.

Hayley Whittaker, 23, from Polegate was sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter.

Rossi Henderson, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

Lee suffered a serious head injury following an argument between him and the two women in Seaside Road, Eastbourne, during which Henderson intervened and punched the victim to the ground.

Detective Superintendent Ian Pollard of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who led the investigation, said:

"On a busy street that evening a chance encounter between people hardly known to each other led to an alcohol-fuelled petty argument, which in turn escalated into unwarranted acts of violence, and tragically culminated in an innocent man losing his life."

Man attacks stranger with knife

A man was slashed across the cheek with a knife in Brighton after an argument broke out.

The incident happened at 10.40pm on Friday 11th April when the victim walked along Cannon Place to meet his friend.

He complimented the woman on her appearance, sparking an argument where the man with the woman pulled out a knife, slashing the victim across the cheek.

The victim was then chased to the top of Queensbury Mews.

The man with the knife is described as being mixed race between 20 and 40 years old and was skinny.

He had long black hair in a pony tail and was wearing blue jeans, black jumper and white trainers.

Police want anyone with information of the incident to get in contact by calling 101.


Woman punched in the face by another woman

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched in the face by another woman as she walked home in St Leonards.

The victim was walking down Silchester Road between 9:30pm and 10pm on Monday 14th April.

She was taken to hospital to be treated for severe swelling and bruising to her face.

The attacker has been described as white, aged 40 to 45 years old, about 5' 8" and of medium build with shoulder length dark hair.

A Sussex police spokesperson said, "The victim has suffered very nasty injuries to her face and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw her being attacked.

"If you were in Silchester Road or the area nearby on Monday evening and saw or heard what happened, please contact us."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1614 of 14/4.

Witness appeal after fight outside off-licence

Sussex Police are asking witnesses to come forward following a fight between two men outside an off-licence in Burgess Hill on Thursday. The incident happened outside MK Food and Wines in London Road at about 10.15pm.

Police are keen to speak with a woman who stopped in her vehicle to assist one of the men. A 36-year-old Burgess Hill man was arrested for affray and has been released on bail until 27 May.

Three hour rescue of injured goose in wooded pond

The five-strong rescue team from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service with the injured goose Credit: Kathy Martyn / WRAS

A team of five rescuers spent three hours rescuing a badly injured goose from a wooded pond at Herons Ghyll just north of Uckfield, East Sussex. Two veterinary ambulances from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called after the injured goose was spotted by a resident.

The goose was dragging a wing in the water, and clearly was unable to fly. Rescuers had to use drysuits, an inflatable boat, swan hooks, rope, a long walk-to-wards net, and long handled poles and nets to catch the Canada Goose.

The goose was dragging a wing in the water and couldn't fly Credit: Kathy Martyn / WRAS
A rescuer from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service wades closer to the injured goose Credit: Kathy Martyn / WRAS


Girl leaves hospital with bruises after falling from ride

An 18-year-old girl spent the night in hospital after falling from a fairground ride in Worthing last night.

Police were on patrol along Marine Parade on Worthing seafront at around 9:30pm when the incident happened.

Police provided first aid until paramedics turned up to give further medical assistance.

She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she is expected to be discharged with a bruised eye.

The health and safety executive will be investigating.

Man charged with manslaughter of homeless woman

A man from Brighton has been charged with the manslaughter of a homeless woman.

Her body was found in public toilets in Brighton on the 22nd November last year.

Timothy Smythe, who is 52-years-old, is in custody and will appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on the 15th May.

Faye Isaac, aged 39, was found dead by a cleaner in The Colonnade toilets in Maderia Drive just before 10.50am.

African insect snuck into family's suitcase

The praying mantis travelled home in the family's suitcase unbeknown to them Credit: Drusillas Park

A praying mantis that snuck into a family's suitcase and travelled from South Africa to the UK has now been re-homed in Sussex.

The tropical bug was discovered by the Menzies family when they washed their holiday clothes after returning from their fortnight away.

The Menzies family were shocked to find the insect among their holiday clothes Credit: Drusillas Park

After discovering the insect, Mum Pippa rang Drusillas Park who agreed to take the mantis in.

Drusillas' bug expert Angela Hale said: "Praying mantis are intriguing creatures that pose no threat to humans.

"They are not difficult to care for but you do need to know what you are doing in order to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Pippa did the right thing by getting in touch and we will provide the mantis with a good home.”

Praying mantis live in tropical climates around the world and they are named after their two prominent front legs, which are bent and held together as if they are praying.

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