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Gay OAP murder: judge orders retrial

PUBLISHED: 11:02 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:34 25 August 2010

A LABOURER accused of beating a gay pensioner to death with a glass vase is facing a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

A LABOURER accused of beating a gay pensioner to death with a glass vase is facing a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Polish worker Marcin Orlowski, 20, was charged with murder after battering flamboyant Edward 'Teddy' Highwood, 79, and ransacking his home.

Judge John Milford QC discharged the jury last Thursday following a three-week trial, after they failed to reach a verdict. Orlowski was remanded in custody and faces a retrial on a date to be set. Mr Highwood was found dead at his home in Hollymount Close, Blackheath, on July 18 last year by his friend and former partner Ronald Bristow, who also shared the property. He had suffered multiple skull fractures.

The Pole, of no fixed address, accepts killing Mr Highwood, but denies murder on the basis of lack of intent, provocation and diminished responsibility. He also claims to be suffering from chronic alcoholism.

Orlowski was arrested in Brighton, found curled up in the doorway of the Theatre Royal, on July 24.

The Pole arrived in the UK in October 2008 and worked as a leek-picker and labourer in Nottingham, before coming to London.


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