Man admits ‘unprovoked’ killing of man sleeping in north London
man has admitted the “unprovoked” killing of a man who was sleeping rough by stabbing him and hitting him across the head with a concrete slab in north London.
Jermaine Myers, 37, admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey on Monday over the killing of Nicholas Sutin in North Finchley’s High Road on May 27 last year.
The court heard how Myers, of nearby Woodhouse Road, had stabbed Mr Sutin twice and hit him with a concrete slab in a “sustained” attack shortly after 4am, leaving him with unsurvivable injuries.
The victim, who had been sleeping rough, was attacked by Myers while he was next to a bench near to the Tally Ho pub.
Paramedics found him suffering stab and severe head wounds and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A forensic trace on the concrete slab quickly identified Myers, who was arrested the following day at his home address.
CCTV captured the horrific incident on camera, including Myers coming to and from the scene.
Met Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley said: “The level of violence inflicted on Nicholas Sutin was significant and sustained, leaving him no chance of survival.
“From what we know, Myers was not known to Nicholas and there was nothing in Nicholas’s behaviour that could suggest he in any way provoked the attack.
“The court has accepted Myers’ plea and the admission that his actions ended Nicholas’s life brings the judicial process to a close.
“I can only hope this closure can allow Nicholas’s family to move on from this horrific chapter.”
Myers will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday, March 13.