Bermondsey man is fifth suspect charged with murder of Reginald Ofei-Berko in Walworth

News Desk (12 January, 2017)

Dipa Modhwadia will appear in court on February 20 with four co-defendants

11697Reginald Ofei-Berko, photo provided by Met Police

A fifth suspect has been charged with murdering Walworth man Reginald Ofei-Berko, and will stand trial beside four co-defendants at the Old Bailey.

Twenty-five-year-old Mr Ofei-Berko died in hospital after he was found unresponsive by paramedics in Penrose Street on August 25.

Four men: Leon Dixon, 37, Daniel Murphy, 20, Mason Adrien-Dixon, 21, and John Paul Gillespie, 43, were arrested in the weeks that followed.

Now, Bermondsey man Dipa Modhwadia, 36, has been added to a group of suspects.

The five men appeared in court on Monday at the Old Bailey before His Honour, Mr Judge Kramer QC, to confirm their names and for Modhwadia to be formally added to the proceedings.

The trial will begin on February 20.

In appeals for information, detectives said Mr Ofei-Berko was seen in a Walworth Road pawnbrokers approximately two hours before police were called at 3pm.

Dixon, of Brighton Road in Crawley; Murphy, of St Davids Close in Bermondsey; Adrien-Dixon, of Dickens House in Kennington; Modhwaida, of Varcoe Road; and Gillespie, of Carter Street, in Walworth, all pleaded not guilty on November 23.

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