A homeless man who beat a man to death has plead guilty to the crime almost 38 years later so he can stop living on the streets.

Irishman Christopher Ainscough, 50, was found dead in his home in Shoot-up Hill Court, Kilburn, northwest London with fatal head injuries.

Police said he had been attacked some time between 2 and 6 December 1983, but his killer was never found.

That was until July last year, when 58-year-old Anthony Kemp threw stones at the window of Chiswick Police station, west London, to get officer's attention.

When officers spoke to him, Kemp confessed to the killing.

Irishman Christopher Ainscough, 50, was found dead in his home in Shoot-up Hill Court, Kilburn, northwest London with fatal head injuries (

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Mr Ainscough was bludgeoned to death at the scene, thought to be with a 2.4kg marble ashtray which was found at the scene. (

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He told police: "You know what, I'm homeless, and I'm not going to sleep on the streets," BBC reports.

The Old Bailey was told Kemp claimed he was invited to Mr Ainscough's flat and lost his temper when the victim made a pass at him.

Mr Ainscough was bludgeoned to death, thought to be with a 2.4kg marble ashtray which was found at the scene.

Wearing prison issue grey tracksuit, Kemp spoke to confirm his name at the Old Bailey via a video link to HMP Wandsworth and plead guilty to the charge of murder.

Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC told the court: "The prosecution do not dispute the suggestion there may have been an invitation to the flat and then touching of the defendant by Mr Ainscough.

"We do not dispute that. However, obviously, the prosecution case is all the defendant then had to do was to say no or to walk away.

"So in those circumstances it seems to us it was a wholly disproportionate response. It was an angry response to the touching."

Kemp, of Thames Road, Chiswick, was remanded in custody until his sentencing on October 13 at the Old Bailey.

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