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UK teenagers plead guilty to killing Indian sailor

Three British teenagers have pleaded guilty to the sensational killing of an Indian sailor in a racially motivated attack on a ship in UK in October 2007.

world Updated: Feb 24, 2009 15:45 IST

Three British teenagers have pleaded guilty to the sensational killing of an Indian sailor in a racially motivated attack on a ship in UK in October 2007.

Goa origin, Gregory Fernandes, 32, was set upon by a group of teenagers who boasted that they wanted to "beat a Paki" when they saw him and his colleague, Vinod P return to their ship near Southamton, The Garonne, after a drink in a local hotel in Fawley.

In the incident that headlines in London and in India, the two were attacked by the group until a passerby rescued Fernandes and took him to nearby docks, where he collapsed and died. Vinod, 29, suffered a broken collar bone.

At the Winchester Crown Court on Monday, the three teenagers, Stephen Pritchard, Daniel Rogers, and Chay Fields, admitted to manslaughter.

They also pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Vinod. Two other 15-year-old boys from Fawley, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also admitted causing grievous bodily harm to and assaulting Vinod.

Justice Royce, adjourned the case and ordered pre-sentence reports on all five, who will be sentenced in March. The three teenagers who admitted killing Fernandes were remanded in custody and the other two were granted bail.