Man admits killing homeless person who was discovered by firefighters next to a burnt out car in Goodmayes

PUBLISHED: 14:34 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 29 November 2017

Police at the scene in Castleton Road, Goodmayes. Picture: Ken Mears

Police at the scene in Castleton Road, Goodmayes. Picture: Ken Mears


A 37-year-old man has admitted killing a homeless man and setting fire to a car.

Adil Mahmood pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 54-year-old Hassan Ettakkal, at the Old Bailey today.

Hassan Ettakkal was found dead on May 29 near the vehicle that had been destroyed by fire in a car park in Castleton Road, off Goodmayes Road, near Green Lane.

The Fire Brigade was first at the scene at 5.50am, less than a mile from Goodmayes Primary School, when they discovered the body and police were called in.

A post mortem examination gave cause of death as “blunt force trauma”.

A resident told the Recorder at the time of the incident that he woke up after hearing noises, and saw the victim lying almost naked next to the car.

Mahmood, of London Road, Mitcham, south London, also admitted arson on the same date, during a brief hearing at the Old Bailey this morning.

He was remanded in custody until his sentencing on January 8.

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