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Gruesome discovery: A police officer stands guard near where the body of Shaun McSweeny, inset, was found in Deptford Wharf

Former firefighter to stand trial for killing adopted son REPORTER

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A retired fireman has been charged with bludgeoning to death his adopted son, whose body was found by police stashed in the boot of a car. Colin McSweeny, 58, of Parry Road, South Norwood, is set to stand trial in June next year for the murder of Shaun McSweeny, discovered by officers called to reports of a man trying to dump a body in the River

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going to forget you”. Another read: “To our beloved Shaun, RIP you legend”. A friend, who studied an entry-level construction course at Croydon College with Shaun in 2009, said he seemed excited about becoming a father and wanted to follow in his adoptive dad’s footsteps as a firefighter. The 22-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: “His partner at the time was pregnant and he was really excited about being a dad. He got her name tattooed on

his arm straight away, as soon as she was born. He was a good dad. “He was just a real genuine, happy guy. He lived his life. He’d have fun. We were good pals. We used to go to the pub a lot and just be boys. He was just a calm, chilled lad.” He added: “He wasn’t going to mess about. He was quite serious and had a plan, or seemed like he did anyway. At the time he wanted to be a fireman and was going through the application forms.” Police arrested Mr Mc-

Sweeny on Friday morning after being called to Deptford Wharf at about 3am. They charged him with murder later that day. A woman arrested in South Norwood on Friday was released without charge. Mr McSweeny appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday, Tuesday, morning, when he was remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing on February 10. A provisional trial date has been set for June 1.



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Thames at 3am on Friday. The 24-year-old, who had a young daughter and a girlfriend, was pronounced dead where he was found near Deptford Wharf. A postmortem examination established he was killed by a blunt force blow to the head. Flowers and tributes have been left outside the former Croydon College student’s family home. One card, signed by Mark, said: “Shaun, I’m going to miss you man! You were such a nice bloke. You didn’t deserve this. I’m never

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