John Breen death: Teenager admits rush hour station killing in Stratford

Crowds in Stratford Overground Station Image copyright Dan Slipper
Image caption Stratford Station was overcrowded at the time of Mr Breen's death as police investigated

A 17-year-old boy has admitted killing a man during rush hour at Stratford Overground Station.

John Francis Breen, 53, was found unconscious after the assault on 27 October last year. He was taken to hospital but later died from serious head injuries.

The boy pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

A 15-year-old boy admitted assaulting Mr Breen, causing him actual bodily harm.

The youths, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been charged with murder but prosecutor Mukul Chawla accepted the pleas after careful consideration.

Mr Chawla told the court the murder charge should lie on file.

He said the evidence came from "fractured and partial" eyewitness accounts and "patchy" CCTV footage, which was filmed from a distance.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

Another two teenagers, aged 14 and 15, were previously arrested in connection with the death but their case was discontinued following a hearing on 18 January, British Transport Police said.

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