Four men appear in court to deny murder of Walworth man Reginald

News Desk (01 December, 2016)

Trial of four accused men to begin on February 20, 2017

11697Reginald Ofei-Berko, photo provided by Met Police

 

Four men have denied murdering a rough sleeper from Walworth, who was found injured and “unresponsive” in Penrose Street.

Leon Dixon, 37, Daniel Murphy, 20, Mason Adrien-Dixon, 21, and John Paul Gillespie, 43, appeared together at the Old Bailey on November 23.

They are all charged with murdering Reginald Ofei-Berko, who died at King’s College Hospital hours after he was discovered by police at 3.05pm on August 25.

In appeals for information, detectives said Mr Ofei-Berko was seen in a Walworth Road pawnbrokers approximately two hours before calls were made to the police (pictured).

It is alleged that Mr Ofei-Berko, 25, encountered the four men at around 3pm in the Penrose Street area.

Dixon, of Brighton Road, Crawley; Murphy, of St Davids Close, Bermondsey; Adrien-Dixon, of Dickens House in Kennington; and Gillespie, of Carter Street, in Walworth will next appear in court on February 20.

Before the men were charged, Met Police detective chief inspector Chris Jones told the News: “[Reginald] could have been sleeping rough in the days before the attack, as they were unable to ascertain where he had been staying.”

Reginald was said to be a local man, who frequented the Penrose Street area. “He would have been well known in the area,” DCI Jones said.

The photo of Reginald was supplied by the pawnbrokers Reginald had visited earlier on the day he died.

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