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Two guilty of Leroy Burnett flat explosion murder

Fire at Battersea flats
Image caption The body was found in the loft conversion of the flat

Two men have been found guilty of murdering a man whose body was found following an explosion at a south London flat.

The body of Leroy Burnett, 47, was found at the property in Crichton Street, Battersea, in November 2010.

Colliston Edwards, 37, and Andre Johnson, 23, both of no fixed address, have been convicted of murder.

The men and Max Walters, 20, of no fixed address, were also found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life.

The Old Bailey said Edwards and Johnson were also convicted of an act tending and intending to pervert the course of justice.

Police said the force of the blast destroyed much of the property and blew the lounge wall across the road.

Post-mortem tests showed Mr Burnett died from head injuries.

He had been shot with a shotgun, police said.

Det Insp Nigel Tolson said: "Leroy Burnett was executed in his own home by men who thought they could cover up their crime by setting fire to his property.

"Unfortunately for them detectives were able to gather the evidence required to bring charges and bring them to court so that the jury to find them guilty of murder."

The men will be sentenced on 4 May.

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