Jobless man admits London bus murder

A jobless man has admitted stabbing his friend to death on the top deck of a London bus.

John Doherty had been out drinking with Archie Sheppard, 48, before the pair got on the number 189 in the early hours of Friday, April 28, last year.

It had travelled from Brent Cross to Marble Arch and was on the return journey in Marylebone when Mr Sheppard was subjected to a violent and sustained attack.

Paramedics were called to the bus in Gloucester Place but Mr Sheppard, from Neasden, north west London, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Doherty, 39, was arrested in Neasden the following day and was found to be carrying two knives.

On the first day of his trial at the Old Bailey, he pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Sheppard as well as three counts of possessing an offensive weapon.

Doherty, of Fulham, was remanded into custody to be sentenced by Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC on Friday.

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