Tributes paid to man who has died following Brighton assault
A man who was seriously assaulted at Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton has since sadly died from his injuries.
He was 54-year-old Andrew O’Connell from Kent, who was rough sleeping when the incident occurred about 11.55pm on Tuesday evening (7 August).
His family have issued the following statement:
“Andrew O’Connell was a family man who was loved by many. He was a kind, intelligent man with a free spirit who loved to travel. As a family we are utterly devastated, hurt and angry that he has been taken so cruelly from us. We ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”
Sergio Lemori, 32, unemployed and of no fixed address, was arrested in nearby Church Street shortly before 9pm on Wednesday (8 August). He was remanded in custody and appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday (10 August), charged with murder.
Lemori has since been further remanded until the next hearing at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (14 August).
Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident at this stage, however anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Dickenson.
Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.