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Man, 20, denies Bethnal Green murder of Joel Adesina

PUBLISHED: 12:11 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:11 06 March 2015

Joel Adesina was stabbed on December 5 off Bethnal Green Road.

Joel Adesina was stabbed on December 5 off Bethnal Green Road.

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A 20-year-old man this morning denied killing a schoolboy in Bethnal Green.

Georgie Phillips, of Pitfield Street, Islington, is accused of murdering 15-year-old Joel Adesina, who was stabbed to death in Padbury Court, off Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, on December 5 2014.

Phillips entered his plea at the Old Bailey before Judge Paul Worsley QC remanded him in custody.

He will next appear at a hearing on April 7, with a provisional trial date set for June 1.

Police and paramedics were called to Bethnal Green Road, near Padbury Court, at about 11pm on 5 December last year.

Keen footballer Joel, from Dagenham, was found suffering from serious stab wounds to the abdomen and died in hospital three hours later at 2.12am on December 6.

A postmortem examination found the cause of death to be a stab wound to the liver.

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