Murder victim’s family: ‘We will never be free from pain’

The devastated brother of murder victim Chris Poole said the family would never be ‘free from pain and suffering’.

Rick Poole spoke on the steps of Lewes Crown Court yesterday (Friday) after 20-year-old Shane Noble and 15-year-old Joe Chapman were sentenced to years behind bars.

Noble, of no fixed address, will serve a minimum of 11 years and Chapman, formerly of Iden Street, will serve at least eight years.

Mr Poole, who stood alongside his mother Diane Poole, had to compose himself as he read out a statement.

He said, “Thanks to the justice system of this country they were found guilty.

“They showed no remorse for their actions.

“In time they will be free again and maybe they will have learnt their lesson. We as a family will never be free from pain and suffering.”

When asked about the sentence Mr Poole, who thanked Sussex Police for their hard work and support, added, “I expected more but I can see why the judge gave what he did to reduce the chance of an appeal being upheld.”

A crowded public gallery listened as Judge Scott-Gall handed down the sentence.

He said, “This unlawful and wholly unwarranted incident lasted less than two minutes.

“For his partner it was her grave misfortune to see him lying motionless on the ground. It’s a memory she is unlikely to ever forget.”