Sussex

Brighton man admits manslaughter of grocer

Portland Road, Hove
Image caption Police believe the driver may have caused a group of cyclists to swerve

A 36-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a Hove driver who was assaulted after opening his car door as three cyclists passed.

Paul Lambeth, of Stafford Road, Brighton, admitted killing grocer Tony Magdi, 52, who was attacked in Portland Road on 7 November last year.

Mr Magdi suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex three weeks later.

Lambeth was remanded on bail at Lewes Crown Court for sentencing on 3 June.

A charge of possession of cannabis was dropped by the prosecution at an earlier hearing before Brighton magistrates.

Hundreds of letters of condolence were taped to the windows of Mr Magdi's shop in Portland Road after his death.

His friends, George Jeha and Elizabeth Collis, said he loved being part of the neighbourhood and had "spread kindness and generosity through the community".

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