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12:01, 05 March 2019

Airbnb host admits manslaughter after killing guest over unpaid bill

AKIPRESS.COM - An Airbnb host has admitted killing a guest at his home near Melbourne, Australia, who could not afford to pay, BBCreported.

Jason Colton, 42, denies murder, but has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Ramis Jonuzi in October 2017.

A court heard two housemates held the 36-year-old man down, while Colton beat and strangled him for not paying the A$210 (£113, $149) he owed them.

Colton says he only wanted to cause Mr Jonuzi to pass out, not kill or seriously injure him.

Australian daily The Age reported at the time that Mr Jonuzi was a bricklayer, who had rented the room in Brighton East because he wanted a cheap and stable place to stay while he dealt with some "personal issues".

He first rented the room from the three men - Colton, landlord Craig Levy and flatmate Ryan Smart - for three nights, but then asked to extend his stay for a week for A$210.

However when check-out day arrived, he had less than A$10 in his account and was therefore unable to pay.


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