Polegate woman charged with murder

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Police investigating the death of a man in Eastbourne have charged a second woman from Polegate.

Hayley Whittaker, from Honeycrag Lane, has been charged on suspicion of murder and is due to appear at Eastbourne magistrates court this afternoon (Friday August 2).

Police said she was arrested on Thursday (August 1).

Lee Molineau, 46, of no fixed address, died at Hurstwood Park neurological unit in Haywards Heath on Tuesday (July 30) after he was assaulted six days earlier, police said.

He had suffered a serious head injury in Seaside Road, Eastbourne, during which an unknown man intervened and assaulted the victim.

Police are trying to trace the man who is described as white, in his early 30s, of tanned complexion, 6ft, and of stocky athletic build with short cropped hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white footwear.

One woman has already been charged with an offence in connection with the incident.

Ruby Heard, 25, of Lexden Drive, Seaford, will appear at Lewes Crown Court on August 23 charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Anyone with information about the investigation should call 101 quoting Operation Haldon or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.