Man accused of beating 62-year-old to death in London park
A young man accused of beating a 62-year-old carer to death at a tourist hotspot in central London is to go on trial in the new year.
Hani Khalaf, 21, an Egyptian national of no fixed address, is charged with murdering Jairo Medina.
Mr Medina's body was found by a Hyde Park staff member near Speakers' Corner at around 5.50am on FridayAugust 12.
The professional carer, from Chelsea, west London, had been assaulted but a post-mortem examination did not ascertain a cause of death.
Khalaf appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Wandsworth Prison and spoke only to confirm his name with help from an Arabic translator.
Judge Timothy Pontius set a three-week provisional trial date of February 6 next year and a plea hearing on November 8.
No application for bail was made and the defendant was remanded in custody.