Four face trial in February for suspected murder of Walworth man Reginald Ofei-Berko

News Desk (29 September, 2016)

Mr Ofei-Berko was found unconscious on the pavement in Penrose Street on August 25

11697Reginald Ofei-Berko, photo provided by Met Police

Four men accused of beating a 25-year-old Walworth man Reginald Ofei-Berko to death with a pushbike will face trial in February.

Mr Ofei-Berko was allegedly attacked by John Paul Gillespie, 43, Mason Adrien-Dixon, 21, Leon Dixon, 37, and Daniel Murphy, aged nineteen.

The victim was found lying unconscious on the pavement in Penrose Street, Walworth, on August 25. Police were called at around 3.05pm, and Mr Ofei-Berko was pronounced at King’s College Hospital later that day.

In appeals for information, detectives said Mr Ofei-Berko was seen in a pawnbroker shop on Walworth Road approximately two hours before the alleged attack.

At around 3pm he was allegedly involved in an altercation involving a group of four men in the Penrose Street area.

Gillespie appeared unrepresented at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: “The defendant has been charged with the murder of Reginald Ofei-Berko in respect of an incident that took place at the end of August.

“The Crown allege the victim was attacked by a group of four men and received multiple injuries from which he died.”

The three other defendants have already been before the court charged with murder and all four face trial on February 20 next year.

They will next appear before the court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on November 23.

Dixon, of Brighton Road, Crawley, West Sussex; Murphy, of St Davids Close, Bermondsey; Adrien-Dixon, of Dickens House in Kennington; and Gillespie, of Carter Street, in Walworth are all remanded in custody.

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