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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter, central London

March 2, 2013, 2:04 pm

A man has today (Friday, 1 March) pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to
the manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility of a rough
sleeper in the West End last year.

Ghodratollah Barani, 27 [1/1/86] an Afghan national, did not know his
victim, Mark Morrison, who was originally from Scotland and who had been
sleeping rough in London for some time.

Barani was sentenced to a hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental
Health Act for an indefinite period of time. He was also recommended for

On 20 June 2012, Mark Morrison, 46 [7.11.65] had been sleeping under one
of the arches in Marble Arch, W1 when he was attacked and strangled by
Barani. His body was found near to a bench in the early hours of the
following morning.

A murder enquiry was subsequently launched by officers from the Serious
and Homicide Crime Command based at Belgravia.

On the 29th June 2012, as a result of enquiries On the 29 June a man was
seen acting suspiciously by officers in the vicinity of Horseguards
Parade. He was arrested and taken to a central London police station.

Following a match on the DNA database to forensic samples taken at the
scene of the murder Barani was charged with the murder of Mark Morrison.

Following psychological assessments, Barani pleaded guilty to the
manslaughter of Mark Morrison on the grounds of diminished
responsibility and this plea was accepted.

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