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Man, 21, found guilty of gay pensioner’s murder

PinkNews Staff Writer June 9, 2010
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A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a 79-year-old gay man in his south London home.

Marcin Orlowski, of no fixed address, denied killing Edward ‘Teddy’ Highwood on July 17th last year in the pensioner’s Greenwich home.

Today, a jury at the Old Bailey found him guilty of murder, the News Shopper reports.

The pair met in a drop-in centre for homeless people and Mr Highwood had given the unemployed Polish man food.

Orlowski admitted killing the pensioner by hitting him over the head with a vase but denied murder on the grounds of a lack of intent, no provocation and diminished responsibility.

He claimed that Mr Highwood tried to force unwanted sexual attentions on him and he struck out in self-defence.

Mr Highwood was found dead by his housemate. He had suffered severe head injuries.

Orlowski will be sentenced tomorrow.

A retrial was held after a jury in January failed to come to a verdict.

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