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Man denies murdering street cleaner Piotr Mikiewicz

The crime scene in Rylett Road, Shepherd's Bush
Image caption An incident room has opened at Hendon under the Homicide and Serious Crime Command

A man accused of stabbing a street cleaner to death has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Roger Philip Buckingham, 30, Shepherd's Bush, west London, denied murdering Piotr Mikiewicz, 40, on 29 August.

Mr Buckingham, who appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link, pleaded guilty to a burglary which took place on the same date in Shepherd's Bush and a theft which took place on 25 August.

Mr Mikiewicz was attacked trying to stop a house burglar.

Mr Justice Saunders set a trial date of 18 March, 2013.

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