Killer 'raised his fists in triumph' after fatally knocking out man

Hayley Whittaker and Rossi Henderson

Lee Molineau (c) Eastbourne Herald

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A 'peacemaker' raised in fists in triumph” after fracturing the skull of a man who was who was “causing no trouble whatsoever”.

Lee Molineau, 46, died of his injuries a few days after being attacked in Seaside Road, Eastbourne, on July 31, 2013.

He was set upon by Rossi Hendeson, 25, of no fixed address, who police said “presented himself as the peacemaker” but then went on to punch Mr Molineau to the ground, fracturing his skull, after a row broke out between him and two women, Hayley Whittaker and Ruby Heard.

While Mr Molineau was prone on the ground, Whittaker, 23, of Honeycrag Lane, Polegate, kicked him.

He was whisked to Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre in Haywards Heath, but died.

At Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, Whittaker admitted manslaughter and was jailed for five years.

Henderson – who had been at a party on the night of the incident and knew neither woman – also admitted manslaughter and was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Heard, 26, of Lexden Drive, Seaford, admitted affray and was jailed for eight months but was allowed to walk free as she had already served her sentence while in custody.

Speaking after the sentence, Mr Molineau’s sister-in-law Kay Perkins said: "Although it will not bring Lee back we feel that justice has been done and appropriate sentences have been given. We can now try to move on and rebuild our lives."

Detective Superintendent Ian Pollard said the trio’s behaviour was “appalling”.

He added: “On a busy street 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.

"Lee was sitting in the street and had been drinking but causing no trouble whatsoever when Whittaker and Heard, who had both been drinking all evening, came by and for no known reason starting shouting at Lee and an argument erupted between the three of them.

"Whittaker decided to call for support from a party at a flat overlooking the scene and Henderson, who was there and did not know either of the women, but who had a very brief altercation with Lee in the street earlier that night, took it upon himself to rush straight outside.

“Although initially representing himself as the peacemaker, he then without any warning punched Lee straight in the face.

"Lee fell straight down and his head hit the pavement or wall, breaking his skull and causing injuries from which he tragically never recovered.

"Not content with this Whittaker then kicked Lee as hard as she could.

“Henderson then raised his fists in apparent triumph and all three fled the scene.”

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12:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

brightonaire says...

Once again, these delinquents are instantly recognisable just by looking at their photos... only a protracted and painful death would serve as adequate punishment
Once again, these delinquents are instantly recognisable just by looking at their photos... only a protracted and painful death would serve as adequate punishment brightonaire
  • Score: 30

12:37pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sussexanarchist says...

The victim was not 24.

Have some respect by checking your facts.
The victim was not 24. Have some respect by checking your facts. sussexanarchist
  • Score: -17

1:28pm Wed 23 Apr 14

tykemison says...

So, yet again, some poor soul loses his life over a drunken squabble and the justice system hands down pathetic sentences, is this because they are treated as unimportant? Would the sentences be so lenient if the victim was a prominent member of the local community set upon after leaving the local rugby club? ? Disgusting and a shame on the justice system.rip Mr moulineau.
So, yet again, some poor soul loses his life over a drunken squabble and the justice system hands down pathetic sentences, is this because they are treated as unimportant? Would the sentences be so lenient if the victim was a prominent member of the local community set upon after leaving the local rugby club? ? Disgusting and a shame on the justice system.rip Mr moulineau. tykemison
  • Score: 35

3:25pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Free money says...

tykemison wrote:
So, yet again, some poor soul loses his life over a drunken squabble and the justice system hands down pathetic sentences, is this because they are treated as unimportant? Would the sentences be so lenient if the victim was a prominent member of the local community set upon after leaving the local rugby club? ? Disgusting and a shame on the justice system.rip Mr moulineau.
So just 3 years behind the door for a mans life lol.What wonderful justice we now have in this country.What a joke.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: So, yet again, some poor soul loses his life over a drunken squabble and the justice system hands down pathetic sentences, is this because they are treated as unimportant? Would the sentences be so lenient if the victim was a prominent member of the local community set upon after leaving the local rugby club? ? Disgusting and a shame on the justice system.rip Mr moulineau.[/p][/quote]So just 3 years behind the door for a mans life lol.What wonderful justice we now have in this country.What a joke. Free money
  • Score: 29

3:58pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sussexram40 says...

5 years for killing someone? You get parole after half. So free in 2 to 3 years? In fact much sooner as will have already done time in custody. Pathetic.
5 years for killing someone? You get parole after half. So free in 2 to 3 years? In fact much sooner as will have already done time in custody. Pathetic. sussexram40
  • Score: 30

5:13pm Wed 23 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

sussexram40 wrote:
5 years for killing someone? You get parole after half. So free in 2 to 3 years? In fact much sooner as will have already done time in custody. Pathetic.
I cant understand why people are released half way through the sentence a five year sentence should be just that.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: 5 years for killing someone? You get parole after half. So free in 2 to 3 years? In fact much sooner as will have already done time in custody. Pathetic.[/p][/quote]I cant understand why people are released half way through the sentence a five year sentence should be just that. clubrob6
  • Score: 21

5:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

matlock says...

Well done to Sussex police for a successful conviction.
Well done to Sussex police for a successful conviction. matlock
  • Score: 7

5:49pm Wed 23 Apr 14

hoveguyactually says...

Oh, so kicking someone to death is not so bad after all. Hardly worse than burglary or contempt of court apparently, judging by such a lenient sentence. What a fine message to give out to other would be killers. Our judges are so completely out of touch with reality, I do wonder about their sanity.
Oh, so kicking someone to death is not so bad after all. Hardly worse than burglary or contempt of court apparently, judging by such a lenient sentence. What a fine message to give out to other would be killers. Our judges are so completely out of touch with reality, I do wonder about their sanity. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 15

6:37pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

So sad that homeless and street drinkers are targets for drunken idiots. Tragically, I fear as more and more people find themselves without a home due to a shortage of available property available and tough economic times the streets are dangerous places for the vulnerable who are easy targets for drunken bullies. Of course in many cases addiction is the root of their demise but this is not always the case and can be down to relationship breakdown, bankruptcy and mental illness. So Sad.
So sad that homeless and street drinkers are targets for drunken idiots. Tragically, I fear as more and more people find themselves without a home due to a shortage of available property available and tough economic times the streets are dangerous places for the vulnerable who are easy targets for drunken bullies. Of course in many cases addiction is the root of their demise but this is not always the case and can be down to relationship breakdown, bankruptcy and mental illness. So Sad. Juleyanne
  • Score: 4

7:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

angrymonkey says...

5 years this man should be locked up for years or better still put him down look at him no point letting waster like this live .
5 years this man should be locked up for years or better still put him down look at him no point letting waster like this live . angrymonkey
  • Score: 13

8:44pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Imbecile says...

I agree with everyone else here, 5 years for killing someone, pathetic.
I agree with everyone else here, 5 years for killing someone, pathetic. Imbecile
  • Score: 11

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