Teenager pleads guilty to Billy Dove murder - Hemel Hempstead


A teenager has admitted murdering a man in Hemel Hempstead town centre last November - just five days before he was due to stand trial.

The 17-year-old changed his plea to guilty to the murder of Billy Dove when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday, 03 May 2012.

Mr Dove, 21, died from a stab wound in the Marlowes at 1.30am on Sunday, 06 November last year following trouble in Market Square.

Co-defendant Charlie Samson, 18, of St Agnells Lane, Hemel changed his plea to guilty of affray, which occurred on the same night.

Ian Wade QC, for the Crown Prosecution Service said he would offer no evidence against Samson on the charge of murder. Judge Stephen Gullick entered a not guilty verdict to that charge.

Mr Wade said it was not in the public interest to pursue the charge of affray against the unnamed teenager.

Both men are due to be sentenced by Judge Gullick on 29 June once pre-sentence reports have been prepared. The case will be opened by Mr Wade on that occasion.

The teenager was remanded in custody. Samson was bailed to an address in Northampton and was ordered not to enter Hertfordshire unless it was to appear in court.

Carl Williams, 21, of Barnacres Road, Hemel has pleaded not guilty to the affray, which occurred on the same night as the murder. His trial is due to start on 21 May 2012.

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