Three people have been jailed for a total of 47 years over the murder of a homeless man in Sussex.
The body of 45-year-old Lea Williams was found on Hove seafront in February, where he'd been sleeping rough. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Two men and a woman have been jailed for a total of 47 years, in connection with the murder of a homeless man in Brighton. The body of Lea Williams was discovered on Hove seafront, where he'd been sleeping rough, in February.
Michael Clark, Edward Phillips and Lauren Bishop were found guilty on Friday November the 1st.
Two men have been found guilty of murdering a homeless man in Brighton, and a woman guilty of conspiracy to murder.
The body of Lea Williams was discovered on Hove seafront, where he'd been sleeping rough, in February. CCTV footage shows his attackers, after the murder, buying drinks to celebrate.
Andy Dickenson reports from Lewes Crown Court and speaks to Mr Williams' stepfather Colin Bray, daughter Kaylea Williams, and Det Ch Insp Ian Pollard.
The jury at Lewis Crown court heard how Lauren Bishop, Michael Clark and Edward Phillips, met up after and celebrated by buying and drinking alcohol on the seafront.
CCTV from the Londis store nearby showed Phillips and Clarke laughing and joking shortly after carrying what the court heard was a brutal, vicious and horrific attack.
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.
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