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Man admits killing Stephen Ojerinola and burying him under shed

Stephen Ojerinola
Image caption Stephen Ojerinola's body was found under rubble, soil and concrete

A man has admitted killing a teenager and burying his body under a garden shed in south-east London.

The body of Stephen Ojerinola, 18, was found last November under rubble, soil, concrete and the newly-built shed at William Regan's home in Kidbrooke.

Regan, 37, admitted manslaughter on the eve of an Old Bailey retrial.

Lee Davies, 36, also of Kidbrooke, was cleared of murder in June. Both had earlier pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful burial and burglary.

The pair are due to be sentenced on 17 December.

Regan was facing a retrial for murder after jurors failed to reach a verdict in June.

'Unusual activity'

During the trial jurors heard Mr Ojerinola was a drug dealer and Regan a drug addict who had recently been involved in a burglary involving the theft of £10,000.

Max Hill, QC, prosecuting, said Mr Ojerinola may have first hit Regan over the head with a bat and cut his arm with a knife.

Ten wounds suffered by Mr Ojerinola may then have been caused in a struggle between the two men in April last year, Mr Hill said.

Mr Ojerinola's body was found buried under layers of gravel, a tarpaulin, wooden boards, rubble, soil, concrete and the shed, the court heard.

Mr Hill previously told the trial how neighbours had started to notice unusual activity.

This included "the delivery of the shed, flat packed onto the roof of a car, and night-time digging in the rear garden that went on into the early hours of the following morning".

When police searched the house they found traces of blood and experts then excavated the ground underneath the shed where they found Mr Ojerinola's body.

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