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Pair admit murdering gay barman
Jody Dobrowski
Jody Dobrowski was beaten to death
Two men have admitted murdering a gay barman as he walked across Clapham Common in south London.

Unemployed Thomas Pickford, 25, and decorator Scott Walker, 33, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of Jody Dobrowski, 24, in October 2005.

Prosecutors said Pickford and Walker, both of no fixed address, were involved in a "premeditated plan to attack a gay man" and "shared an intention to kill".

The pair, who had earlier denied murder, are to be sentenced on 16 June.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett told the court on Friday: "This was a murder aggravated by sexual orientation.

'Appalling crime'

"There was no pre-meditation to kill him but the attack quickly increased in ferocity.

"We say both men were involved as principals. We say there was a shared intention to kill."

The prosecution said a witness suggested Walker was more aggressive.

Pickford had described how Walker had stuffed a sock and the victim's shoe in his mouth during the assault.

Mr Aylett went on to say the judge should consider sentencing them to a minimum of 30 years in jail for such an "appalling" crime.

Mr Dobrowski was attacked some time on Friday 14 October and was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday - but died later in hospital.

He was beaten so severely his own family did not recognise him and he had to be identified by his fingerprints.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Dobrowski died after sustaining severe head, neck and facial injuries.

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