Murdered homeless man named
13 February 2013
Lea Williams, 45, originally from Hastings has been formally
identified as the person whose body was found in an archway next to
Hove pitch and putt on Monday 11 February.
A post mortem has revealed that Lea died from severe injuries to
his face and head caused by a heavy object. Other injuries to his
body included multiple fractures to his ribs.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard who is leading the
investigation said: "Lea suffered a brutal, vicious and sustained
attack causing multiple injuries to his face, head and body. We
need to find whoever did this to him and bring them to justice -
they should not be allowed to get away with this. Please get in
touch if you have any information about Lea or his attacker(s). I
know some parts of the community may not feel comfortable
contacting the police but I can assure you that your call will be
dealt with in strict confidence.
"We believe Lea was living in Hove for about a year and had a
few friends within the homeless community but on the whole he was
quite a private person. He was an alcoholic and his home for the
last year was an archway under the promenade that looked onto the
pitch and putt course. He was a regular at the Thursday night soup
kitchen next to the Peace Statue adjacent to Hove Lawns and bought
his beer from the Londis convenience store next to the Alibi pub on
"The time of the attack has not been established but we believe
he may have been last seen on Sunday (10 February) morning. His
body was then found by local project workers at 8.30pm on Monday 11
"Someone, somewhere, has information that could help us catch
the person responsible for this terrible crime. Did you know Lea?
Did you see him prior to his body being found? Do you know of any
reason why someone would want to kill him? Please call 101 quoting
Op Depot or alternatively leave an anonymous message with the
independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
Lea was 5' 9" of slim build with short brown hair, brown beard
and had a distinctive barbed wire tattoo across his collar
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