Harrods workers who beat homeless man to death set to be jailed

A thug who was filmed brutally attacking a homeless man in London’s Trafalgar Square then leaving him to die has been locked up.

Agency worker Lucas Antunes had finished a shift at Harrods when he fatally attacked Desmond O’Beirne, 51, along with Luis Abella.

London’s Old Bailey heard Mr O’Beirne initially threatened to “shank” the pair after he asked for a cigarette and they said they had none.

But the victim was seen in CCTV footage to be walking away when Antunes, 22, punched him in the head, sending him to the ground. Abella, also 22, appeared to land a flying kick.

Mr O’Beirne never recovered consciousness and died from a brain injury on 20 December, 2017.

Last year, police offered £20,000 to anyone who could help track down the culprits.

Following the appeal, Antunes, of Tottenham, north London, was tracked down by authorities in the United States and returned to face justice in Britain.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter while Abella, from Lambeth, south London, admitted attempted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He had originally faced a manslaughter charge but it changed to the lesser charge following a review.

Mr O’Beirne who was originally from Ireland, was said to have had an itinerant lifestyle. His sister Vivienne Folan lived in Wales.

In April, Ms Folan said: ‘My brother Desmond was hard-working and larger than life. He was on a night out in Trafalgar Square when he was brutally and viciously attacked by two cowards who then calmly walked away and left him for dead.”

The defendants will be sentenced by Judge Paul Dodgson at the Old Bailey.

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