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Erick Maina death: Two teenagers admit racist graffiti

Graffiti in Maghull
Image caption The graffiti appeared after the 15-year-old's death

Two teenagers have admitted spraying racist graffiti that appeared hours after the death of a black teenager.

Erick Maina, 15, was found in Fazakerley, Liverpool, on Saturday. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Racist comments about him were later found daubed near his school, Maricourt Catholic High School, in Maghull.

James Coleman, 18, from Netherton and a 17-year-old from Bootle, admitted racially aggravated criminal damage at Sefton Magistrates' Court.

Coleman, of Buckfast Close, was remanded in custody for sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court on 16 December. The other defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also bailed and will be sentenced at Sefton Youth Court on 9 December.

On Monday, the school's head teacher Brendan McLoughlin paid tribute to the "bright and intelligent" pupil.

"Erick was a popular and well-liked pupil at the school. He represented his peers as form captain and was a member of the school council," he said.

Detectives are investigating the boy's death on behalf of the Sefton coroner.

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