Romford man pleads guilty to manslaughter

Ben Harper
Guilty: Ben Harper

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

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

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

Police were called at just before 1pm 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 Queen’s Hospital, Romford and the cause of death was given as blunt force trauma to the head.

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

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

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.


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