TRIBUTE was paid to a “devoted and fiercely loyal” family man who died after being attacked.
Stephen Harrington, 47, was found seriously injured ashore in Marlpit Lane, Emsworth, around 11.10am on Saturday 23 July.
He was flown to Southampton General Hospital in an ambulance but died on Monday July 25.
The investigators assessed the circumstances as suspicious and initiated investigations.
Mr Harrington’s next of kin are being assisted by specialist officers as we proceed.
In a statement released by Sussex Police, Stephen’s family said: “Stephen, our son, brother, husband, father, nephew, uncle and dear friend, was cruelly and brutally taken from us on 23 July.
“His death has left us all devastated and heartbroken with a hole in our lives that can never be filled.
“Stephen was a loving, devoted father who cherished every moment he spent with his daughter.
“He was hardworking and a devoted husband to his wife. Stephen’s love for his mother and sisters was unwavering and for all to see.
“He was loved and is loved by all his nieces, nephews and aunts who will always miss Uncle Steve.
“He was an extremely loyal and funny friend. If you ever needed him for anything, all you had to do was ask him and he would be there.
“We will all have to learn to live with never seeing his smile, hearing his laugh, or just spending time with him again.
“If anyone has any information that can help do Stephen justice, please find it in your heart to reach out – if not for our family, do it for the kind and loving man who never saw his daughter grow up or the gang will cut them down. Do it for Stephen.”
Joseph Butler, 22, of Priors Leaze Lane, Hambrook, Chichester; Tarin Hopkins, 20, of Common Road, Hambrook, Chichester; and Thomas Goldring, 20, of no fixed abode, were charged with murder.
They appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where they were remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court tomorrow.
Detectives continue to urge all witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone who may have seen any unusual or suspicious behavior near Marlpit Lane from Friday evening July 22 through Saturday morning July 23.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting Operation Bridport. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the police via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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