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Simon Johnson death: Teenage burglar guilty of murder

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Image caption Simon Johnson's body was found by a work colleague

A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a father during a bungled break-in.

Oluwadaimlola Johnson, 19, killed Simon Johnson, 41, at his home in Netherton, Dudley, in August 2016.

Johnson and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, broke in to steal cannabis plants from Mr Johnson - no relation - whom they had befriended, the jury heard.

The 17-year-old was cleared of murder and convicted of manslaughter.

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Both teenagers were also convicted of burglary following a three-week trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, which ended on Wednesday. The pair are due to be sentenced on 12 January.

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Image caption Oluwadaimlola Johnson stabbed the victim four times

West Midlands Police said the teenagers one night made several trips to the house in Cradley Road to steal the plants in black bin bags.

Mr Johnson, a window fitter, woke up and confronted the intruders, the elder of whom stabbed him four times, the force said.

His body was found by a colleague who called to collect him for a job a few hours later.

A kitchen knife stained with blood was later found in the property's front garden and police recovered two knives from a nearby garden after studying CCTV footage.

Det Insp Warren Hines said: "Simon Johnson was a naturally trusting man, too trusting as it turned out - he let people into his home and they took advantage of this trust."

He said "not one shred of remorse has been shown by either of the convicted youths".

West Midlands Police said three other 19-year-olds convicted of a number of other offences connected to the incident, including burglary and theft, have received suspended prison terms.

A 15 year-old boy was given a four-month custodial sentence for two burglaries, the force added.

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