Guilty: teen admits murder of Billy Dove

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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 today (Thursday).

Mr Dove, 21, died from a stab wound in Marlowes in the early hours of Sunday, November 6 last year following trouble in Market Square.

Prosecutor Ian Wade QC said it was not in the public interest to pursue an additional charge of affray against the teenager. It was left on the court file.

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

Mr Wade said he would offer no evidence against Samson on the charge of murder. Judge Stephen Gullick entered a not guilty verdict to that charge.

Both men are due to be sentenced by Judge Gullick on June 29 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 Herts unless it was to appear in court.

Carl Williams, 21, of Barnacres Road, Hemel Hempstead has pleaded not guilty to affray. His trial is due to start on May 21.