Two jailed after admitting Eastbourne street killing

Lee Molineau Lee Molineau was sitting in Seaside Road when he was assaulted

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Two people have been sentenced for the manslaughter of a man who died a week after a fight in East Sussex.

Lee Molineau, 46, died at Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath, after being assaulted in Eastbourne.

Rossi Henderson, 25, of no fixed address and Hayley Whittaker, 22, of Honeycrag Lane, Polegate, were due to face trial for murder on Tuesday.

After admitting manslaughter, Henderson was jailed for five-and-a-half years and Whittaker for five.

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Although it will not bring Lee back we felt that justice has been done and appropriate sentences have been given”

End Quote Kay Perkins Sister-in-Law of Lee Molineau

A third person, Ruby Heard, 25, of Lexden Drive, Seaford, admitted affray and was freed in lieu of time on remand.

'Fled the scene'

After sentencing, Sussex Police said the victim, had been drinking in Seaside Road when he was attacked on 24 July, 2013

The two women, who had also been drinking, started shouting at Mr Molineau for no reason, according to the police.

Det Supt Ian Pollard said Henderson then intervened and punched Mr Molineau to the ground.

He said: "His head hit the pavement or wall, breaking his skull and causing injuries from which he tragically never recovered."

Whittaker then kicked him and the three fled, he added.

In a statement, Mr Molineau's sister-in-law Kay Perkins, said: "Although it will not bring Lee back we felt that justice has been done and appropriate sentences have been given.

"We can now try to move on and rebuild our lives."

Hayley Whittaker and Rossi Henderson Hayley Whittaker and Rossi Henderson pleaded guilty to manslaughter

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