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Boy denies murder

PUBLISHED: 16:04 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:00 25 August 2010

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy had denied battering a sales assistant to death.

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy had denied battering a sales assistant to death.

The Algerian teenager who is thought to be from the Walthamstow and cannot be named for legal reasons, denied murdering 28-year-old David Cooper from Woolwich, when he appeared at the Old Bailey last Thursday.

The sales assistant was found dead in his flat in Sir Martin Bowes House, Calderwood Street, Woolwich by two friends at approximately 2pm on November 19 last year.

He was last seen by friends on the previous night in Soho before getting the 53 bus home from Whitehall.

A post mortem revealed he had died of severe head injuries.

The youth appeared in the dock wearing an orange prison issue jumper and spoke only to confirm his name before pleading not guilty to the charge.

Judge Richard Hawkins, QC, fixed his trial for June 29.

Three other men were arrested in south London on the day the body was found but they were released with no further action.

The defendant was remanded in custody.

l A sponsored walk in memory of Mr Cooper is taking place next Saturday at approximately 4pm from the last known sighting of Mr Cooper, at the 53 bus stop in Whitehall to his flat in Woolwich.

For more details and to sponsor someone contact Mandy Morgan on 07986909590

or Natalie Gottfried on 07594938805 or e-mail them at davidcoopermemorial@hotmail.co.uk.

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