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Dorchester man Simon Bennett admits Elliot Handley's killing

Elliot Handley Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Elliot Handley's body was found at a flat in The Grove, Dorchester

A man accused of killing a 46-year-old whose body was found at a flat in Dorset, has pleaded guilty.

Simon Bennett admitted the manslaughter of Elliot Handley on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Post-mortem tests showed he had suffered multiple blunt force injuries to his head.

Mr Handley, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, was discovered at a property in The Grove, Dorchester, on 26 May.

Bennett, 44, of The Grove, appeared at Winchester Crown Court to plead guilty.

Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Simon Bennett pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility

He was initially charged with Mr Handley's murder in September, but denied the offence at a previous hearing.

Police said the scene was forensically examined over three days and a number of items, which are believed to have been used in the attack were seized, including a claw hammer, a heavy metallic object and a bottle.

Bennett will be sentenced on a date yet to be fixed.

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