Homeless Brighton man pleads guilty to murder in Pavilion Gardens

Posted On 14 Dec 2018 at 6:38 pm

A homeless Brighton man has entered a guilty plea after being charged with the murder of a fellow rough sleeper in Pavilion Gardens.

Sergio Lemori, also known as Sima Asif-Hamzda

Sergio Lemori, also known as Sima Asif-Hamzda, appeared at Lewes Crown Court this morning (Friday 14 December).

Lemori, 32, admitted killing 54-year-old Andrew O’Connell, from Kent, having attacked him shortly before midnight on Tuesday 7 August outside the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum.

He was arrested the next day round the corner in Church Street, Brighton.

He had previously denied murder and was due to stand trial on Monday 21 January.

Judge Christine Laing remanded him in custody until the same date when he will be sentenced.

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