Raymond Johnston from Abbey Drive appeared before Omagh Crown Court where his trial for the murder of his brother David Andrew Johnston had been due to begin.
However the defendant’s barrister asked for him to be arraigned on the murder charge and when the charge was read to him he replied ‘not guilty of murder but guilty of the unlawful act of manslaughter.
The Public Prosecution Service said they were now in a position to accept this plea to manslaughter which the court heard he had previously entered.
The court was told this was a ‘tragic and unusual case’ and the defendant was released to be sentenced in January.
Mr Justice Weir told the defendant he could expect a ‘significant custodial sentence’ when he is sentenced in the new year.
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