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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter of Clemuth Roberts in Dagenham

News   •   Jan 08, 2018 13:40 GMT

Image: Ben Harper

A Romford man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Clemuth Roberts in Dagenham in December, 2016.

Ben Harper, 21 (28.08.1996), from Romford had his guilty plea for manslaughter accepted by the prosecution at the Old Bailey on Monday, 8 January.

He will be sentenced on Monday, 5 February at the same court.

Police were called at just before 13:00hrs to Stanhope Road, Dagenham following reports of a fight.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found 58-year-old Clemuth suffering from assault related injuries.

He died at the scene a short while later.

A post mortem examination was carried out at Queens Hospital and the cause of death was given as blunt force trauma to the head.

On Tuesday 26 September, 2017, Harper was charged with the murder of Clemuth Roberts.

On Thursday, 18 December Harper pleaded not guilty to murder but offered a plea of guilty to manslaughter which was formally accepted at the Old Bailey on Monday, 8 January.

+ A 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl who were arrested on suspicion of murder were later released with no further action.