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Man accused of Brighton murder “doused the body of a London student with bleach and bragged about it”

Four men have been charged with the murder of a London student in Brighton on a New Years Eve party.

One of the men reportedly bragged about stripping the body and spraying it with bleach before throwing it out a window, a court said.

Gregory Hawley, 28, Lamech Gordon-Carew, 20, Dushane Meikle, 27, and Alize Spence, 18, are all on trial for the murder of William Henham, known as Billy.

Hawley allegedly made a “confession” after being seen with a bottle of bleach and a rag. It is claimed that he had to ‘clean up because someone was seriously injured’.

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Billy, 24, was murdered after being beaten until he lost consciousness, the court heard.

He was described as a “sustained and significant” assault before he was thrown over the railings of a roof terrace.

A jury was told he could have been alive for at least an hour.

He studied at the University of Ravensbourne, in south-east London, but lived in West Sussex with his parents.

Police found her lifeless body on January 2. He was found lying on his back on the lower level of a compound.

The court heard that he suffered numerous bruises on his face, neck, scalp, cuts, a brain injury and 11 fiber fractures.

Police found two deleted photos on Meikle’s phone – one of Billy’s partially clothed body and one nude.

The victim had gone to a nightclub and was later seen in the abandoned building shortly after 4:30 a.m. on January 1. Within hours he was dead, Maidstone Crown Court in Kent learned.

Phillip Mallia was squatting in the four-story building at the time of the incident.

During his testimony, he recalled hearing cries of “someone in pain” coming from inside a room. The door then opened and he was told: “F *** off”.

Mr Mallia, 28, then went on to say that hours later he saw Hawley with a bottle of bleach and a rag a few feet from the same room.

Hawley was thought to be in charge of the squat.

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“Gregory said, ‘I have to clean up some blood because someone was seriously injured last night.’ He was walking towards the torture chamber, the room where I heard the screams,” Mr. Mallia said.

Mr. Mallia then had a second conversation with Hawley. He says Hawley told them they had been involved in a murder, and how he then described how they tried to get rid of any forensic evidence.

He told the jury: “Gregory said we can’t just sit there. I said ‘Why?’ and he said ‘We killed someone last night’. I was like ‘Yeah buddy, whatever’. I didn’t believe it. “

“He said ‘We killed someone last night’. Not ‘I’ but ‘We’. He said we couldn’t stay there and as we were going he said ‘We had to go there. ‘finish because he heard my name. Someone says my name. “

“I thought he was talking shit, he was just talking about his shit. He said ‘we stripped the body and I poured bleach all over my body to get rid of the DNA. from everyone. “

Mr Mallia went on to say that Hawley then explained how Mr Henham took his last breath and even asked if he wanted to see the body.

“I said ‘You’re crazy’ and I still didn’t believe it. He was bragging about it, looked really happy. Third floor window.”

“He invited me to see the body. I said ‘No, I don’t want to see the body.’ But I didn’t believe him, to tell you the truth. I thought he was lying, but obviously not. “

The Brighton building where Billy Henham was found dead
The Brighton building where Billy Henham was found dead

The court then heard that the alleged bragging continued after the people moved to a second nearby squat.

Gordon-Carew and Spence were also in attendance. Mr. Mallia called them “Els” and “Mask”.

“Mask and Els bragged about what they did to who I now know to be Billy, saying ‘I hit him, I hit him’, laughing and joking about it,” said said Mr. Mallia.

“(They said) ‘We took him to a room, we beat him, we kicked and punched him.”

During the police identity procedures, Mr. Mallie selected Hawley, Gordon-Carew and Meikle. He noted that Meikle was “well spoken” and said he was the man who told him to leave the “screaming hall” area.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor James Mulholland QC told the jury that although the motive for the alleged murder of Mr Henham was “unclear”, the four defendants participated in the joint attack in the early hours of the day. Year 2020.

“William Henham was subjected to sustained assault before his body fell on a balcony and he was found lying naked, lying on his back on a low outdoor roof terrace,” he said.

“The prosecution record is that each accused participated in the physical attack on William Henham or knowingly aided or abetted one or more others to do so.

Billy Henham was assassinated in Brighton on New Years Day
Billy Henham was assassinated in Brighton on New Years Day

“Everyone intended, by doing this, to at least cause him very serious injuries and they are all guilty of murder.”

Forensic evidence showed that the attack on Mr Henham began on the second floor of the building before a bloodied Mr Henham was pulled or dragged into a small room. The room was no more than 4 m by 2 m. The beating continued there.

This is the room that Mr. Mallia called “the torture chamber” or “the screaming room”.

Ultimately, forensic experts were able to link the defendants to the alleged murder through their DNA, fingerprints, bloodstained clothing and the marks of their trainers. Prosecutor Mulholland told the jury they had “displayed a significant degree of forensic awareness” in trying to cover their tracks.

The defendants allegedly stripped Mr. Henham of his clothes and cleaned his body, the areas of bloodstains appeared to be diluted, the court said.

Only Mr Henham’s sneakers were found.

Traces of disinfectant in his hair are said to be “indistinguishable” from the liquid in the bottle in which Hawley’s DNA was found.

Gordon-Carew, of Cheeseman Close, Hampton, Middlesex, Hawley, homeless, Meikle, Amberley Drive, Hove and Spence, of Makepeace Road, Northolt, Middlesex all deny the murder.

Their trial is expected to last six weeks.

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