Sussex

Eastbourne homeless man Mark Watson convicted of murder

Mark Watson
Image caption Mark Watson stabbed Mr Sokolnikov inside the flat in Ceylon Place

A 49-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a fellow homeless man stabbed in a fight in East Sussex.

Mark Watson, of no fixed address, stabbed Russian national Alexandre Sokolnikov at a flat in Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, on 21 February last year.

Mr Sokolnikov was found wounded on the pavement and died soon after arriving at hospital with a single stab wound to the heart, Lewes Crown Court was told.

Watson was remanded in custody to await sentencing on 3 February.

Sussex Police said officers found Watson inside the flat with serious head injuries.

He was arrested and taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital where he was treated under police guard.

The murder charge followed three days later.

Following the 10-day trial, Det Ch Insp Nick May said: "I am pleased that justice has been served against this dangerous man.

"He has shown no remorse or concern for the consequences of his actions throughout his trial and refused to take responsibility for the death of Alexandre Sokolnikov."

He said Mr Sokolnikov came to the UK over 10 years ago and worked on and off in Eastbourne.

"Sadly it would appear his life took a turn for the worse and he found himself living on the streets of Eastbourne where he met Watson."

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