Man pleads guilty to killing uncle

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A 32-year-old Derry man yesterday pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his uncle in the city last year.

James Anthony Healy of Hollymount Park appeared at Coleraine Crown Court to face trial for the murder of Christopher McGaughey on October 30 2011.

However, before the trial began, Healy was rerraigned in the matter, and said while he pleaded not guilty to his uncle’s murder, he pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

As Healy answered his arraignment a family members openly wept.

Healy also pleaded guilty to being in possession of an offensive weapon on the day in question,

Crown Court Judge Piers Grant adjourned the case until September 6 so that pre-sentence reports could be compiled. He told Healy it was, however, “inevitable that a custodial sentence will be imposed”.