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Man admits Trafalgar Square assault that led to death of 51-year-old

21 December, 2018

Lucas Antunes (left) was extradited from the US. Right: Desmond O’Beirne died from a head injury

A YOUNG man who fled central London to the United States after a fatal assault in Trafalgar Square has been convicted of manslaughter.

Lucas Antunes, 21, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday after being extradited to London last month. He will be sentenced at the same court in February.

Antunes was wanted after 51-year-old Desmond O’Beirne died after being attacked outside the National Gallery in June 2017.

Mr O’Beirne, who lived in Westminster, was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. He died from his injuries on December 20 last year.

A post-mortem at Westminster Mortuary gave the cause of death as a head injury.

Police released CCTV images that led to the identification of Antunes, who was charged in September.

A second man, aged 22, is due to appear at the Old Bailey today (Friday), also charged with manslaughter.

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