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Brixton bicycle row murder accused pleads guilty

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Image caption A boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted stabbing 17-year-old Alim Uddin

A 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to the murder of a teenager in a row over the sale of a bicycle.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted stabbing 17-year-old Alim Uddin seven times.

He attacked Alim at the Tilford House block of flats in Brixton, south London, on 4 May.

The victim had gone to meet the boy to ask for the return of the £90 he paid for the bike, which the defendant had not handed over, the Old Bailey heard.

The accused was due to face trial having denied Alim's murder, but changed his plea to guilty.

'Youthful bravado'

Opening the case at the Old Bailey on Monday, prosecutor David Jeremy QC said Alim "was angry that (the defendant) had ripped him off."

"There were on both sides expressions of youthful bravado but nothing that suggested it would lead to a killing.

"The friends of Alim Uddin described the two boys as being wary of each other but said Alim was not angry or expecting a fight. He just wanted his money back."

The victim went alone to meet the other boy at Tilford House in Brixton, leaving his friends in a nearby park.

Just before 17:00 BST, a resident at the block of flats heard a "thud" and discovered Alim collapsed on his doorstep.

He was pronounced dead at King's College Hospital an hour later.

A post-mortem examination found seven wounds - four to the front of his chest, one to the lower back, one to the shoulder and one to the thigh.

"The stab wounds suffered by Alim Uddin and the complete lack of injury suffered by (the defendant) paints a clear picture of how Alim Uddin came to his death," Mr Jeremy said.

Judge Richard Kramer remanded the boy in custody to be sentenced on 12 November.

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