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Headteacher's killer cleared of robbery

The killer of the headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995 was cleared yesterday of using his notoriety to intimidate and rob a young man at a cash machine.

Learco Chindamo, 31, allegedly accosted David Sexton with the words: "Do you remember about the headteacher in Maida Vale?" as he ordered him to hand over his money at an ATM outside a Sainsbury's store in Camden, London, on 13 November last year.

But after the collapse of three previous trials, Mr Chindamo, released from prison last year, was acquitted of robbery at Blackfriars Crown Court.